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Celebrating Mardi Gras this week? On the other side of celebrating and need something tasty to escort you into Lent temperance? We’ve got party wines fit for an expectation-changing masquerade scenario, plus lovely NA sparklers to keep the good times rollin’ without the next-day kick in the pants.

Le Tuffeau

Vouvray

If you forget about Vouvray outside of fall turkey-pairing, you’re doing it wrong, friend! Vouvrays come in a Carnival-worthy spectrum of styles and sweetness, examples like Le Tuffeau being bright, spritely, and ready for a good time. With notes of zippy lemon, apricot, and peach just honey-kissed in flavor, its silky mouthfeel is raring for a dance party or to cut the spice in your andouille gumbo.

Arbo

Malbec

This shadowy stranger may as well be wearing a mask of sequins for all its intrigue and expectation-bending. A far cry from the upfront, fruity Malbecs coming out of Argentina, when grown in its homeland of Bordeaux, Malbec has much more depth and earthiness amidst its broody dark fruit. Dark and debonaire with concentrated plum and prune, blueberry, dark chocolate, black coffee, cinnamon and sweet, smoked mulch, it keeps the party going into the night, y’all!

Leitz

NA Sparklers

These wines have been huge hits for the dry (or damp) early months this year. If you’re looking to decrease your alcohol consumption without twiddling your thumbs, these sparklers from Johannes Leitz in Germany’s Rheingau region are industry leaders for quality alcohol removal. The Eins-Zwei-Zero Sparkling Riesling is not the sickly, syruped soda you might assume, its floral nose laser-beamed with snazzy lemon, lime candy, and mineral on the palate. The Leitz Eins-Zwei-Zero Sparkling Rosé of Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir to you and I) is ripe and playful with wild strawberry, orange, cherry, and rhubarb on a long-lasting, frothy bubble.

-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors

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