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      19.08.2013 10:45
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      Definatley one for the masses

      One of my favourite tipples on special occasions (or any time in fact!!) is Asti.

      Asti describes their wine as "deliciously sweet, frothy, refreshing sparkling wine." This is a true reflection of the wine. Its light bubbles and refreshing fruit taste make it moreish.

      On pouring the Asti into your glass there is a slight frothy fizz which settles quickly. The taste of this wine is less harsh than most making it a very refreshing easy drink.
      The taste of this resembles a sweet sparkling pear cider.

      The bottle is made from thick glass and dark green in colour. The bottle design makes it look fairly expensive. With the regal green bottle colour and silver foil printed with the Martini logo it's easy to pick out on the supermarket shelves. This is corked bottle which gives a much grander feel to drinking it.

      This wine is 7.5% alcohol so on par with most other similar wines. Even after a few glass I don't find this gives me a fuzzy head or a drunken feeling.

      I find this wine such a reasonably price for the quality. Normally £7.99 in most supermarkets but very often in the warmer months and Christmas it's on offer for closer to £5.

      In comparison to Cava, it's much more palatable and sweeter. As well as cheaper :0)

      We always have this on our Christmas table and no one every refuses a glass!!
      I would recommend anyone who is partial to a sweet alcoholic drink gives this a try. All in all a yummy, cheap wine.

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      22.03.2013 18:03
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      A cheaper but very tasty alternative to champagne

      I'm not a huge drinker (not anymore anyway), alcohol doesn't really agree with me and I can't bring myself to waste a full day being hungover these days.
      When I was in my late teens/early 20's, if you'd offered me wine of any kind, I would've recoiled in horror, I really didn't like the taste of it. As I've gotten older, it seems my tastes buds have matured with me as wine is now really the only alcohol I can drink and enjoy.

      I can't remember exactly when I first tried Asti but I do know it's been my favourite tipple for years now, I love how sweet it is, I love the bubbles on my tongue and I love that it gets me merrily drunk without a giving me an awful hangover, hooray!

      The best way to drink Asti is served cold straight from the fridge and if you're really posh, in a chilled champagne flute, ooh er! I've got to say though, I really enjoy Asti when it's more at room temperature and has gone a bit flat. It's nice either way, for me anyway.

      Now a bit about Asti, it's made in Italy, Torino to be accurate. It's made by Martini & Rossi but there are own branded versions available, which are just as nice in my opinion and slightly cheaper.

      It's a DOGG sparkling wine, the highest classification of wine in Italy. I'm not really sure what that means. I'm not a wine buff, I guess it's good? It's made using the Moscato Bianco grape which gives it a lovely sweet taste. It has a delicious aroma with notes of Pear, Green Apple and Peach, making it very fruity indeed!

      Asti is a great alternative to champagne at weddings and other events; it's much cheaper and is really nice, it goes very well with desserts too.

      A bottle of Martini Asti will set you back about £6 from a supermarket, if you buy a bottle in a restaurant though, you'll be looking at around £16, if not more. It's a 75cl bottle but you can buy mini bottles of it from certain places.

      Allergy advice - it contains Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites.

      I hope you found my review helpful, cheers!

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      29.01.2013 09:55
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      This is a very nice sparkling wine

      WHAT IS IT?

      A sparkling wine made by Martini.  

      THE FLAVOUR

      I think this wine has got a very strong flavour that is good quality.  It is very fruity but as well as apples and pears I can also taste peaches in every mouth full.  It has got a bit of a harsh aftertaste and that is why I mix it with lemonade to make a long spritzer drink because I do not like the taste that lingers after I have swallowed my drink.

      WHAT I THINK

      I like that Asti Spumante has got so many bubbles in it because it makes it feel like drinking champagne.  I know some of my friends have had this at their weddings because of the low cost compared to champagne and also because it is a good quality bottle of wine.  

      When I mix it with lemonade it mellows the flavour but even though the lemonade is also fizzy it does take some of the bubbles away and that's a pity.  I served our latest bottle of Asti with a pasta main course and we finished it with our desserts, I thought these were very good food pairings and my husband who knows a lot more about wine than I do agreed and said it was a good decision.  Previously I have served this wine with meat dishes but it doesn't cleanse the palate well enough to be easily served with this food. 

      This wine has got 7.5% of alcohol in it so it is not a strong wine.  The taste makes it feel stronger than it is but you will not get drunk if you only drink 2 glasses. I have been drunk after drinking Asti Spumante before and the hangover I got the next day was horrible with a very bad headache and an upset stomach so I do not ever drink too much of it now. 

      I have used this wine when I am cooking but I think it only works with very strong flavoured foods because of the strong flavour the wine has got itself.  It doesn't go very good with dairy based meals because of the acidic taste of the wine. 

      ANYTHING ELSE

      A 75cl bottle of Asti Spumante costs about £7 and you can buy it in any supermarket or places like Oddbins. 

      4 Dooyoo Stars. 

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      22.01.2013 12:35
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      A decent cheap fizz

      Back when I was younger, and didn't have a Champagne income or budget, the drink of choice for celebtration was Martini Asti Spumante!

      **Price and Availability**

      You can pick up a bottle of Martini Asti Spumante pretty much anywhere which sells alcohol - off licences, supermarkets - it's very popular. It's usually priced between £5 and £6 for a bottle which is fair (certianly in comparison to Champers!)

      **Looks**

      Well, it looks the part for a cheap and cheerful Champagne knock off! It's a dark green glass bottle with a decent wide label with the Martini logo prominently displayed. The cork is wrapped in silver white foil down it's neck. I think it looks good.

      **The Sparkle, The Scent, The Liquid**

      Martini Asti Spumante is a sparkling sweet wine which looks good in the glass - a clear, pale colour with a good bubble to it, and smells suitably sweet.

      **The Taste**

      I find Asti Spumante very sweet, and quite fruity, and a pleasing drink which goes well with desserts like pavlova, baked alaska and so on. At a push you can drink this with light chicken or fish meals, but as I see this as more of a party wine than a meal wine, it's not something I've done myself.

      It's a good all rounder, there's not many people who would turn down a glass of Asti at Christmas!

      **Overall**

      I recommend Martini Asti Spumante, it's a cheap and cheerful drink, I doubt Posh Spice or the Queen drinks it, but it has it's place as a sweet, fizzy, fun wine which is a party staple and in a different league from other cheaper wines (step forward Lambrini!)

      I give it 4/5.

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      13.01.2013 20:12
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      A fruity and sweet sparkling wine that is delicious and fun to drink

      As one of my presents, I had a bottle of Martini Asti. It is a sparkling wine which is described as being light yet intense, sweet and fruity and smooth. It is aromatised with the scents of fruity pears, pineapple, grape, melon and peach. It has been created using the hand picked 'Moscato Bianco' grape from the Piedmont region of Italy. It can be drunk alone or as part of a cocktail. It has an alcohol content of 7.5%.

      Packaging and Price
      The product comes contained within a glass bottle which is green but still partly see through. It looks quite expensive with silver foil wrapped around the cork and Martini written across the length of it. There is a silver sticker on the front of the bottle giving the name of the product. When you remove the foil, you need to twist the metal and push on the cork to release it. It will cost you around £8 and it can be bought from off licenses, supermarkets and online websites. Obviously as it contained alcohol, you need to be 18 or over in order to purchase or consume it.

      The drink
      The product is really quite bubbly and although it takes a bit of pushing with the cork, when it does come off, it comes off at some force. You need to do in outside or someone where you're not likely to smash or damage anything. As it's really fizzy, it will bubble out of the bottle if it's been shaken so you need to let it stand still for a while before opening. The drink smells incredibly fruity as promised although I can't detect anyone fruit in particular. It smells like a really summery drink that could enjoyed when the sun is shining. The drink feels really bubbly in your mouth, not as bubbly as Prossecco but still really quite fizzy. The taste of the drink is really sweet and delicious, and again, quite summery.

      You can't really taste the alcohol content of the product which makes it really easy to drink so you need to watch how much you consuming. I would not say it tasted particularly fruity but it is sugary and sweet. I have consumed a whole bottle of this before and been left feeling rather tipsy but not drunk. It didn't make me feel sick or give me a hangover but it should still be consumed in moderation. I haven't really tried drinking this in a cocktail but I have consumed it with lemonade and it tastes lovely and also makes the drink a little weaker for those who don't want to get tipsy. It also makes the bottle last a bit longer.

      Conclusion
      All in all, this is a lovely drink which won't break the bank if you have something to celebrate. It is incredibly sweet so it won't be for everyone, especially if you prefer your drinks dry, but it's easy to drink and will make you pleasantly merry. I've tried an Asda version which will cost you half the price and although it isn't quite as nice, it tastes along the same lines. I have been drinking this for quite a few years and can't see any reason to stop drinking the fruity and bubbly loveliness.

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      11.01.2013 18:24
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      A refreshing drink

      I really enjoy a drink, perhaps a little bit too much, but as such I tend to try lots of different types and flavours of various alcoholic drinks.

      I was first introduced to Martini Asti Spumante (or Asti for short) about 3 years ago, after my wife received a bottle of it as a present for her birthday. We drank the bottle between us, which is quite unusual for my wife to have half a bottle of this as she doesn't really drink much. Since then we have shared a bottle on numerous occasions, as it is a drink that we both enjoy.

      Asti is apparently a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), which basically means that a lot of care has been paid to the manufacture of it, as DOCG is the highest standard of wine from Italy, and is a method that has been used by the Itallians since 1895. Asti is similar to a kind of cheap Champagne, possibly like a Cava or something like that, in terms of both its appearance, taste, and packaging.

      Asti comes in a dark green bottle (which is recyclable), with a silver label on the front with the brand name and details. At the top of the bottle matched in the same silver colour is a foil wrapping which covers up the plastic plastic cork at the top of the bottle. The bottle contains a total of 75cl or 750ml of the drink, which is enough for around 5-6 champagne glasses full.

      Once poured into a glass Asti has a bright pale yellow colour to it, similar to what you would expect of a standard white wine, but it is a carbonated drink, and so there are lots of visible bubbles within the glass which give it a succulent and juicy feel to it. The taste of this drink is very nice indeed, again, it is similar to a white wine flavour, but it is quite fruity, with bits of citrus, melon and peach flavours circulating within the drink.

      As would be expected with a drink like Asti, it is best when served nice and chilled, into a wine or champagne glass, and it goes down very easily in my opinion. It has a strength of 7.5 % alcohol / vol and as such a few glasses of this will not heavilly intoxicate most drinkers.

      Prices for Asti vary quite a bit between shop to off license to supermarket depending on what particular deals happen to be on, but I usually pick this up for around £7 a bottle. This is ideal for something a little bit special one evening to accompany a nice meal, or maybe to toast or celebrate an occasion.

      Over this is a great drink for a bit of a treat, and has a touch of class about it with it breaking the bank. It is sweet and refreshing with a lovely flavour to it, that is ideal at any time of the year.


      Thanks for reading.


      © L500589 2013

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        10.01.2013 21:32
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        asti sparkling wine.

        Martini Spumante Asti:
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        I had my first Asti experience when me and a few friends had planned to go out for an evening in town. We wanted to have a few drinks before we headed out, so they came to my place and one friend had bought along a bottle of Martini Asti. I hadn't even heard of it before or seen it in the shops but I was offered a glass by my friend, so I decided to try it as she said I would really enjoy it. I love champagne (weirdly I prefer the cheaper ones or sparkling perry) so my friend told me the flavour was a mixture of white wine and champagne.


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        It's best served chilled as it's a sparkling wine and needs to be tilted when pouring into glasses. It's 7.5% alcohol and comes in a 75cl bottle. It's a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) which means the highest level of Italian wine as the makers use a method dating back from 1895! The colour is a light yellow much like white wine with fizzy bubbles which attach to the glass making the drink look simply indulgent.

        I ended up having 2-3 champagne glasses full of this drink which was about 1/3 of the bottle. My friend bought it from Tesco for £7.99 and ended up bringing more bottles along with her to my New years eve party I held at my house. I have bought a few bottles myself since trying it for dinner parties and for general drinking at home. It's got a plastic cork in the top to pull off so needs refrigerating after opening and using within a few days.



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        My first experience was fantastic. I really enjoyed drinking this Asti and was shocked that it tasted so nice. It slightly resembled sparkling perry's like Cava but the flavour was much more intense of fruit and very light.

        I served this at a dinner party along with the dessert. When I bought it for the party, I did wonder what dishes it went best with, and someone had suggested strawberries or other berries so I made a strawberry cheesecake and the sparkling Asti went really well with the meal.

        The best thing about Asti is the fizz. It's not too fizzy that it makes you bloat or feel slightly gassy, it's very light and delicate taste and freshness to the drink.

        I do enjoy Cava even though most people would prefer to it as cheap and nasty, but I find they have a much better flavour when they are cheaper. That's just my personal preference! but now I have discovered Martini Asti, I won't be going back that's for sure!. You can buy store's own brands of the product too but they aren't a scratch on the Martini branded Asti.

        I'm no wine connoisseur so I can't tell you or describe the exact flavours of the wine. I would say it's quite peary for a wine though. The sweetness gives the pear flavour away.

        I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it yet! it's a wonderful flavour and also a great wine to give for a gift!.

        Thanks for reading

        helen190390

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          09.12.2012 21:52
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          Just not my glass of bubbles

          My initial impression of this product was that it is very nicely packaged and has a 'high end' look and this is what prompted my decision to try it.
          As a girl who likes her bubbles (I'm a sucker for all thinks fizzy and merry making) I thought what have I got to lose, I had heard others singing its praises, it looked good on display and the price seemed pretty reasonable especially as it was on special offer at the time.

          I got it home and put in the fridge to chill, eagerly anticipating a small glass or two in the evening to come. It was my friends birthday so we were having a tipple or two before heading out.
          When I opened the bottle the cork came out with a lovely POP and it fizzed well in the glass. The smell was lovely, if slightly sweet but the taste, for me was a real let down.

          As I took my first sip I found the Asti to be overly sweet and almost sickly. Now don't get me wrong I am a girl with a sweet tooth but this just didn't cut it for me. Thinking if I persevered I would learn to appreciate the taste as all my friends thought it was fab, but half way through my first glass I gave up, feeling slightly nautious.

          I have to be honest and say I was dissapointed with the Asti Martini although I I said earlier my froends loved it. I have tried many sparkling wines, proseccos and cavas and this is by far the worst I have tasted. If you like super sweet you will love it but its not for me.

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          04.11.2012 15:00
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          Delicious sparkling wine

          Asti Martini is a brand of delicious Italien Sparkling wines.

          Asti Martini is a family favourite, usually I have expensive tastes but when it comes to a celebration I choose a bottle of Asti Martini over champagne every time!

          The Wine
          The taste is described as being "Intense, lightly aromatised with scents of fresh grape, melon, peach and brioche". I am by no means a wine expert and cannot claim to be able to detect fruit varieties or brioche from wine but what I can you is that this wine is delicious. Its very very fizzy has that lovely sparkly feeling against your taste buds. The flavour is very sweet, smooth and fruity. The only problem is that its soo drinkable a bottle will disappear very quickly!!

          Aromas are described as fresh fruit, like pears and pineapple with a harmonious finish.

          The Packaging
          The wine is stored in a glass bottle with a "pop off" lid - this always makes drinking it feel special and is fun taking the cork off rather than the usual screw top or cork screw way to open a bottle.
          The bottle is very classy - its dark green in colour with a shiny silver label on the body of the bottle and the neck. The glass is thick cut and feels expensive.

          Price - This is priced between £8-10 for a 75ccl bottle depending on which off license you go to

          Alcohol Content - 7.5%

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          01.11.2012 22:27
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          The only wine I actually love

          When we got married, the lady that owned our reception room gave us a bottle of Martini Asti at the end of the night. It was a lovely gesture from a lovely lady, but neither myself or my husband were big wine fans, and we expected this bottle to sit in a cupboard with various others for a long time, but the night after we decided to crack open this bottle and try have a quiet night after the hubbub of the big day!

          Originally, we started by watering it down a bit with some lemonade. I have never found a wine I liked, I have tried quite a few but always find them to have a vinegary, horrible taste. My mother always said I had a palette not designed for wine! But after the first sip, I realised that this Asti was the first wine I tried that instead of that horrible taste, it was nice, sweet one.

          Martini describe it as 'light, sparkling and fruity' and it definitely is. When pouring, you get a slight fizz, but the bubbles quickly settle. I have tried others before that have been so fizzy they have made my eyes water, but Martini have found the perfect balance of fizz with this.

          There is a fruity, sweet taste to this wine, no nasty bitter aftertaste, which is very pleasant. I spent a while mixing this with a bit of lemonade, which made it taste less 'winelike' but now I can easily drink this without the lemonade and still enjoy the taste.

          The bottle is a dark colour, it looks almost black but it is actually a dark green colour. It is easily spotted among the shelves by Martini's branding, the neck if the bottle is covered in a silver foil, with Martini in bold black lettering, and a silver label is on the front of the bottle, with the splash of red on the Martini logo. The label also tells us this 7.5% (and I am not sure whether thats a bottle or a glass, I never understood alcohol percentages!) Either way I dont find it very strong, I have been known to polish off a bottle alone on special occasions, and I do not tend to be staggering around the room! Although I do get a wine hangover the next day....

          We purchase this wine quite a lot now, and always have a bottle on our wedding anniversary. We thought it would be quite a hard bottle to find knowing our luck of finding one we both actually liked, but we found it easily at our local Co-op convenience store and our local Tescos. Over the last few years we have found it selling anywhere between £6 and £8 a bottle, which isn't the cheapest on the market but it is worth it!

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          30.10.2012 13:41
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          A lovely refreshing sparkling wine

          I know it isn't as classy as champagne but I actually really do prefer the taste of Asti Spumante and it is my usual port of call for celebrations such as Christmas day etc.
          I always buy the Martini version of Asti Spumanti because I think this is nicer than the other supermarket own brands that I have tried.

          Asti Spumanti is a sparkling white wine that is made with Italian grapes. It is sparkly and fizzy and as I mentioned earlier it is great for celebrations. It has a cork which you need to pop and when you pour it in the glasses it really fizzes up and I find that the fizz last for ages unlike some other sparkling white wines that fizz for a few seconds before going flat.

          I want to like champagne but I do find that it is just too bitter for my pallet. Perhaps I'm just not posh enough for it. Asti Spumanti is a lot sweeter and easier to drink and in my opinion it goes down much easier. It is light and fruity so having it with a meal won't weigh you down or cause you to get too drunk either.

          It is also the perfect substitute for champagne and other sparkling wines in cocktails and I much prefer this in a Kir Royale than the bitter wine they use in bars. It is really good when mixed with fruit juices too to make a spritzer type drink and the bubbles really compliment a cocktail.

          It has an alcohol content of 7.5% so isn't too strong so you can easily have a couple of glasses without getting drunk though be warned I always find that the bubbles go to my head and leave me more tipsy than I might with something else with the same alcohol content.

          It is also really refreshing especially when served ice cold from the fridge so makes a lovely summer drink at bbqs and parties.

          Martini Asti Spumanti is a lovely sparkling wine. It probably won't be the choice for the wine connoisseurs but for everyone else who likes a sweetish sparkling wine then this is a great choice. It is also only around £7.50 a bottle so a lot cheaper than many other sparkling wines and champagnes.

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          22.10.2012 17:03
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          A nice sparkling wine, with a bit of fizz and pop for special occasions.

          When I got married nearly 18 years ago the drink we chose for our toast was Martini Asti Spumante. We could not afford Champagne and at the time it only cost £5 for a bottle of Asti. It now costs around £8 for a 70cl bottle, but usually comes on offer in the run up to the festive period or around Valentines day.

          Asti Spumante is a drink that has long since peaked in popularity and is now considered a bit naff, but I for one still enjoy a glass of it on a special occasion such as my Anniversary, Birthday or Christmas.

          The bottle and labeling for Asti has not changed much over the years, it still comes in a dark green glass bottle with a deep hollow in the base, I was told once that a deep hollow in the base of a wine bottle is a sign of a good wine. I am not sure how true that statement is but it is always something I check for when buying wine. The labelling of the wine gives an appearance of quality. The bottle is sealed with a cork, which is quite unusual now, and needs to be opened with care. The cage over the cork should be unscrewed and removed and the cork should be gently pried from the neck of the bottle. I have saved the corks from my wedding day and they now sit in a box with a handful of confetti and other bits that have a lot of meaning for me.

          Asti is made from the Moscato Bianco grape that is grown in the Piedemont region of Italy and has an ABV of 7%. Asti is a sparkling sweet wine that is usually served with desserts. It is, in my opinion, perfectly palatable with most meals or drunk on its own.

          Other sparkling wines can be brought that have the name Asti on the label but I personally think nothing compares to Martini Asti Spumanti.

          Asti is best served well chilled and drank out of a wine glass (as appose to a mug or jam jar) the colouring of Asti is clear and golden, it sparkles in the glass. When poured a white frothy head appears which can overflow the glass if poured to quickly, and then disappears rather quickly. As this is a sparkling wine there are plenty of bubbles whizzing up to the top of the glass and popping merrily.

          The aroma from Asti is sharp and sweet at the same time, it smells fruity, mainly pears and peaches. When Asti is drunk the bubbles fizz around the mouth, erupting in flavors of pears, melons and crisp apples. I find it a very refreshing drink.

          The down side to such a fizzy sweet drink is that more than a couple of glasses and I start to feel bloated and a bit sickly, which is not a nice feeling at the end of a meal.

          With such low alcohol content I am more than happy to allow my children (aged 12 and 17) a glass of this with there dinner at Christmas.

          Bottles of Asti are not usually vintage-dated; I would not recommend keeping a bottle of Asti as you would a bottle of fine wine. It is a drink to be brought and drunk within a short time span.

          All things considered I find Martin Asti Spumante to be a pleasing drink, it is not one I would drink on a night out, but it is one I would happily buy and receive as a present with a nice box of chocolates or buy in for a special occasion meal at home.

          Thank you for reading.

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            21.10.2012 17:34
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            Sparkling wine that won't break the bank

            I am not a wine connoisseur and my taste veers towards the sweet variety, so Asti Martini fits the bill on that score.

            I rediscovered this particular sweet sparkling wine last year when I was shopping on line as it was on offer. I believe it used to be called Asti Spumante but they have dropped the Spumante from the name.

            This some may say is an imitation champagne some might say a poor version, but I much prefer this to even a quality champagne because I find some champagnes too dry for my taste.

            It looks like a bottle of champagne, in a dark green bottle with a foil top and a wire which you untwist to release the stopper. It is fairly easy to open and like most fizz the trick is to twist the bottle rather than the stopper, that stops the wine spraying everywhere and you simply get a satisfying pop and the vapours appear.

            Of course if you want to spray everyone simply shake the bottle and that should do it.

            Take care where you open this as the cork may pop and cause damage, so point it away from you when you open. I do it outside as one of our dogs is scared by the noise.

            This is a drink that should definitely be served very cold as it isn't as nice served warm.
            I like this because it is light refreshing, fruity, sweet but not sickly sweet and not overly fizzy . Something I can drink on its own or mix with orange juice for a bucks fizz or brandy as a champagne cocktail.

            Asti is an Italian wine and uses handpicked grapes from the Piedmont region. The grapes they use are naturally sweet, they use only the finest and the wine is classified as a DOCG sparkling wine, the highest classification for Italian wines.

            Martini is a very famous brand, well known for the Martini vermouth which they claimed could be drunk anywhere anytime and anyplace. Something that I think applies to Asti Martini as well.

            We usually have this at Christmas and other celebrations and it is the one wine that is never wasted in my household as I always finish the bottle. I usually drink wine with a meal and if I am having a pudding, find I can't drink wine afterwards as it tastes too dry or bitter. Not a problem with Asti!

            I am not sure why people are so precious about wine, I obviously don't have an educated palate - but guess what I don't care because at around £7 a bottle this is a very enjoyable celebratory drink. I drink what I like and don't match wines with the food I am eating, so for me this is a nice fruity wine that I will drink with a meal and as far as I am concerned goes with anything.
            We sometimes crack a bottle open on Saturday afternoons at Mums and add a splash of cognac which goes down very nicely with a piece of cake.I always think opening a bottle of Asti lifts the spirits and the mood, so much better than a cup of tea.

            It is 7% alcohol and comes in a 75cl bottle. You probably get around 6 to 8 glasses from a bottle and I like to use champagne flutes to serve.

            Available from most supermarkets

            5 stars from me and recommended to those that don't like dry or very dry wines and champagnes.

            A quality naturally sweet sparkling wine.

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              19.10.2012 21:13
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              ~Is Martini Asti Spumante past its sell by date?~
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              Martini Asti Spumante is something that I have partaken of in the past, mostly when it was at the height of its popularity and everyone seemed to be buying at as a cheaper option than champagne. To be honest Martini Asti Spumante has never really been the champagne rival it was billed as being by the wine buying public in my opinion, as it has an overly sweet feel to it that wouldn't be appropriate in a good quality crisp and dry tasting champagne. At its height Asti Spumante was bought and drunk at celebrations and parties as it was something everyone knew and whilst I have also bought this product in the past (due to its popularity at the time) it really isn't something I would want to buy these days.

              The flavours involved in the product are peach, green apple and pear, which are meant to give Asti Spumante a nice fruity lightness. In reality I find that the fruity aspect is not well done at all, as it is really over powered by an overwhelming sweetness that doesn't suit my palate at all and that lovely tongue tingling bubble sparkle that you get with a good quality champagne is really missing in this product which is a shame. Thankfully Martini have updated their range and now produce an alternative in their Martini Brut, as a drier crisper alternative to Asti Spumante, which is closer to the taste of the many wonderful prosecco sparkling wines you can buy.

              I always found Martini Asti Spumante to be overly gassy and sweet when I drank it, which is far removed from the nice dry and crisp yet fruity feel you can get from many similarly priced alternative products. At around £7.50 a bottle I feel there are nicer sparking wines you could buy that are lighter, less sweet and easier to drink with a meal or as a stand alone tipple. Asti Spumante can be used in some cocktails where its over sweetened taste can be slightly dulled and hidden amongst other ingredients, although in my opinion I would rather opt for a nicer tasting product in the first place.


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              My rating for Martini Asti Spumante is just 2 stars as I feel it has a dated taste that doesn't work as well as it could. I feel that the product presentation used is quite good however, as the product bottle looks the part with its Martini branding and silver topped foil covered bottle, that matches the product label perfectly. I would opt for an alternative product rather than this one in spite of the product presentation, as it fails to match up to my expectations in terms of taste and flavour and feels far too gassy once poured.

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          • Product Details

            Intense, lightly aromatised with scents of fresh grape, melon, peach and brioche. Sweet, smooth, intense and elegant in the mouth with good aromas of fresh fruit, like pears and pineapple and a harmonious finish. Perfect with Italian desserts like Panna Cotta Panettone or with fruit salad.