Product Type: Martini Champagne
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Martini - Asti Spumante
Member Name: l500589
Martini - Asti Spumante
Date: 11/01/13, updated on 24/05/13 (151 review reads)
Disadvantages: None for me
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
Summary: A refreshing drink