• La Marca Prosecco – This is a POWERHOUSE – 1 in 3 bottles of Prosecco sold in the USA is La Marca!
  • J Vineyards
    • Cuvée 20 – 91 pts, Wine Enthusiast – “Broadly defined in honeysuckle, peach, brioche and moderate acidity, this is a crowd-pleasing and immensely likable sparkling wine. The finish lingers on a deep, nutty tone.” (November 2018)
    • Brut Rosé – 91 pts Wine Enthusiast – “Thick and rich in feel but with fresh acidity, this wine tastes of lemon, strawberry and a touch of grapefruit. It is layered and complex while offering approachable rewards, made from a majority of Pinot Noir with smaller amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.” (November 2018)
    • California Cuvée – 92 pts Wilfred Wong (Wine.com) – “COMMENTARY: I love the life and balance that the J Vineyards California Cuvée Sparkling Wine bring to the table. TASTING NOTES: This wine is refined and elegant, yet persistent and long on the palate. Its aromas and flavors of ripe Golden Delicious apples and bright and appealing. Pair it with lightly smoked oysters.” (Tasted: October 2, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
  • Barefoot Bubbly
    • The Official Bubbly of NYE Times Square! There’s going to be lots of brand exposure for Barefoot Bubbly all over national media coverage.
    • In case you missed it: Here’s the link to the Sleigh Team video!
  • André The classic GO-TO sparkler. Remind your retailers to stock up and keep extra cases in the cold box. Grab-n-go is gonna be the word on Monday evening.
  • Wycliff – Are your on-premise accounts planning to do a free Midnight Toast? Wycliff is inexpensive and does the trick! Also, don’t forget about those Mimosas that will be happening all weekend…and Monday…and Tuesday…

 

HOW TO CHOOSE CHAMPAGNE – by Madeline Puckette (Wine Folly)

  • “This article helps identify the important things to pay attention to on the label (or while researching) to choose Champagne. So, whether you love a creamy, toasty style of “shampy” or like it dry and lean, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for! Let’s get one thing out of the way first: not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne specifically refers to sparkling wine made in the region of Champagne, France.
  • To read the article, follow this link.
  • Attached is an infographic showing the different Champagne sweetness levels.
  • Meiomi Sparkling Wine
    • “On the nose, aromas of green apples are laced with hints or ambrosia. Flavors of crunchy pears, zesty citrus, and honey layer over a slight yeastiness and a fresh minerality. Enjoy this sparkling wine with fresh oysters topped with a classic mignonette sauce, sushi, warm brie or a fresh mixed berry tart. Blend: 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.”
  • Riofavara Spumante Extra Brut  – “95 % Moscato di Noto, 5% Grecanico grown on chalk and limestone soils. Aged for 6 months on the lees in stainless steel before bottling with a liqueur de tirage and then aged for 12-14 months in bottle. Hand-disgorged and aged further for several months before release.”
  • Sommariva Prosecco Superiore Brut  “The colour is a brilliant straw-yellow enlivened by its perlage (strands of tiny bubbles). It is characterized by richer aromas of citrus fruit and fresh vegetation with pleasant hints of bread crust showing through, coming together on the palate with an exquisite gustative energy. Its fine perlage ensures a persistent taste which is clean on the palate, making this the sparkling wine excellence for the table.”
  • Sommariva il Rosa Extra Dry Spumante  “Its fine perlage is enhanced by the color pink. It’s a fresh and fruity wine with flavors of red fruit, surely the cherry, but raspberry and strawberry, too.”
  • Meyer-Fonné Crémant d’Alsace Brut Extra ” The grapes( 60% Pinot Auxerrois, 20% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Blanc, 5% Pinot Noir) are harvested at a potential alcohol of around 11% and vinified in the méthode champenoise. Around mid-March, the first fermentation is finished and the wine is bottled for the second fermentation, which lasts two to three months. It is left in bottle for at least twelve months before disgorging, when a minimum of dosage is added.”
  • Punta Crena Lumassina Frizzante 2015 – “Made from 100% Lumassina grapes, this wine undergoes a closed-vat fermentation to trap natural carbonation, resulting in a frizzante wine. The wine is aged for two months on the lees before its release. A truly unique sparkling wine!”