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Sparkling Wines!

Sparkling Wines!

November 26, 2017| Categories: Events, News, Published Articles, Wine Tastings

The big question is “Which wine goes with a variety of tastes, textures, flavors, and aromas that uniquely present themselves on special occasions. 

 

Enter sparkling wines —an increasingly popular pairing partner and not just for the holidays. Sparkling wines bring both elegance and phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal, but for Thanksgiving, these wines really shine. They typically carry a decent dose of acidity, which amps the pairing potential, while adding a festive flair to the table in general. Regional sparkling wine finds are completely capable of handling assorted appetizers, particularly great for fried or salty fare, and make a delicious match with turkey and dressing. The crisp effervescence manages to cut seamlessly through the rich layers found in many daring desserts. Sparkling wine and Champagne can be a one-stop wine wonder on the road to holiday cheer!

During the month of December, we will share some of our favorite Sparkling items with you! 

Enza Prosecco

Enza Prosecco is made from 100% Glera (Prosecco) grapes grown in the Prosecco DOC region in Northeastern Italy in vineyards lying between Conegliano Veneto and Valdobbiadene. Just the right balance of acidity and sugar transform Enza into a delicate sparkling wine. The bouquet bursts with fruity scents of pear and green apples with a light floral and citrus note. On the palate, Enza exhibits the same fruit characteristics as in the bouquet enhanced with a touch of peach and honeysuckle.Domaine Collin
Cremant de Limoux Brut

This is a balanced, elegant, Crémant de Limoux, with no rough edges. The Chardonnay gives the wine brightness and a lively acidity, the Chenin Blanc adds richness and texture, while the Pinot Noir adds depth to the wine. Given that this is Collin’s entry level sparkling wine, this is an impressively balanced and complex wine.

Meyer-Fonne
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Extra

Devised with deference to the champagne method, this crémant is distinguished by a great aromatic finesse. It is distinguished and well-balanced on the palate.

Terres Dorees
Cremant de Bourgogne Extra Brut

On the nose, it has toasted bread, citrus and stone fruits, chalky minerality and a faint echo of roasted nuts. On the palate, it is immensely satisfying with initial notes of mouthwatering citrus acidity that evolve into a much broader, more complex aromatic palette.

J. Lassalle Champagne
1er Cru Brut Préférence

Freshness associated with minerality first appear. Then fruitiness settles with fragrances of ripe yellow fruits (apricot, peach). They are underlined with a hint of licorice or even fennel, a typical feature of fine Pinots Noirs from the Montagne de Reims. The palate is round, smooth, and bright.

Eden Specialty Cider
Dry Sparkling Cider

Eden Sparkling Dry Cider is made with locally grown apples, including traditional heirloom and cider varieties. 50% of the blend is Kingston Black, a classic British cider variety.   Full-flavored, tannic, clean and very dry with a champagne-like mouth feel and bright acidity. It is a wonderful accompaniment to foodZardetto
Prosecco Brut

Made from Glera grapes sourced from various vineyards in the hilly part of the DOC region, northeast of Conegliano. The palate is comprised of citrus, orange blossoms and stone fruits. Fresh citrus and floral notes linger on the finish. It’s an ideal aperitif and the perfect choice for celebrations large and small.Lucien Albrecht
Cremant d’Alsace Brut

Dominated by the Pinot Blanc varietal, this Cremant Brut allies freshness, structure and subtleness. The Riesling adds definition to the blend where the Pinot Gris gives some creaminess and charm. The bubbles are fine and delicate with regular mousse persistence. Lots of floral on the nose and a fruity lively mouth feel. This sparkler is a classic for every occasion.Nicole Chanrion
Brut Effervescence Method Traditionnelle

Clear and golden in the glass with the slightest hints of copper, this pours with a soft pillowy mousse that drops out fairly quickly and a crisp biscuity nose with lots of crisp white fruit and citrus. The gamay character comes through on the palate, showing the light high-toned red fruit and hints of savory of a proper Cru Beaujolais.J Vineyards
Russian River Valley Rosé Sparkling

Wine Enthusiast: 90 points
The J Vineyards non-vintage Brut Rosé sparkling wine is easily among the finest wines in the genre made in America. It is gorgeous on the nose, exhibiting delicate strawberry fruit aromas, while on the palate the wine is fresh and crisp, showing notes of raspberry and cola.
Lucien Albrecht
Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé

Along with strawberry and red raspberry fruit suggestions that are enhanced by the wine’s discreet hint of sweetness, there are saline, meaty, and herbal notes to add interest to both the nose and a lush palate, and the hints of salinity and bitterness in the finish make for an invigorating complement to the wine’s prominent fruit.Barefoot Cellars
Prosecco Bubbly NV

Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco is a crisp and inviting Italian sparkling wine. Its vibrant pear, apple and peach flavors dance through delicate bubbles, ending with a zesty lemon finish.
To help you sell more Barefoot Bubbly this holiday seaons, we have Consumer $2 Mail-in-Rebates available. Ask your sales person if you’re interested in a stack to hang on your shelf!Baron de Seillac
Brut Rosé NV

This rose is a great follow through to Baron de Seillac’s Blanc de Blancs’ 1-2 punch proving Laurent Breban makes top notch sparkling wine. 100% Grenache lends a fresh, floral fragrance and a dry palate replete with white cherries, a faint mandarin acidity, and a fine mousse.Conundrum
Sparkling 25th Anniversary

Conundrum Sparkling is a wine that is drinkable, uncomplicated, elegant and fun with delicate scents of melon and citrus. Crisp flavors of freshly cut fruit come through on the palate, with warm notes of white peach and honeydew layered with a minerality that evokes the clean impression of wet stone. Each sip of this wine lingers in the mouth, with bright lemon and lime and a long, sensuous finish.
Gruet Winery
Brut NV


The Brut offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage, is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor.La Marca
Prosecco NV


Here’s a bright, off-dry Prosecco with notions of crunchy apple, pear and lemon zest, and an intriguing saline quality. An almond/marzipan character emerges on the finish.Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Sofia Brut Rosé


Styled after the sparkling Rosés in France, Sofia Brut Rosé offers light effervescence, crisp natural acidity, and a light creamy textureJ Vineyards Russian River Valley
Brut Cuvée 20 NV


Our J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with the crisp, clean allure of toasted almonds and Meyer lemon aromas. Upon entry, you notice a delicate tickle of fresh mousse on the nose and palate. Bright acidity adds to the liveliness, while flavors of lemon and lime zest lead to an Asian pear finish.Brandborg
Benchlands Pinot Noir 2014

Wine Enthusiast:  88 points
“The wine is a lovely transparent ruby color.  The aromas are dominated by ripe red cherries, blueberries, hints of cranberry with overtones of wild mountain meadow herbs and wild flowers.  The flavors add raspberries to the cherries, with some orange pith, coffee and mocha.  The wine’s mouthfeel is filling and supple.  The acidity gives it a nice zing, to compliment a moderately long finish and make this very food friendly.”