Like so many of you, I caught Kiss live last week on their long-awaited tour of Eastern Canada. Seeing Gene, Paul and those other two guys rocking like it was still the ’70s made me think about all the other things from that decade that have been able to make a successful comeback in recent years.
Liquid-wise, we’ve seen everything from the return of classic cocktails (like the martini) to rosé wines and anything made with the riesling grape. This year the beverage trend from the disco era seeing the greatest popularity upswing is the spritzer: The original mix of white wine and soda water.
Canada’s Naked Grape wines have proved a hit across the country so a combination of carbonation with varietal fruit seems a natural progression. Both the Naked Grape Chardonnay Spritzer (4 x 341 ml, $9.95 - $11.49) and Naked Grape White Zinfandel Spritzer (4 x 341 ml, $9.95 - $11.49) keep to their wine themes but with a refreshing zing that tastes nice over ice.
Seagram’s Tropical Lemon Lime Spritzer (4 x 341 ml, $7.95 - $11.04) adds effervescence to its blend of citrusy fruit juice and vodka to make a weightier, yet equally appealing, summertime quaffer.
Prices reflect the range across the country. Some products may not be available in all provinces.
– Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.
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