Tag Archives: Sparkling

Château Moncontour Brut Rosé Crémant de Loire, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03215100% Cabernet Franc from the clay soils of the Moncontour estate. Produced in the méthode Champenoise, this pink sparkler is bright and minerally on the palate, with delicate perlage. $15

Château Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray Brut, NV, Loire Valley, France

16 Jan

DSC03213100% Chenin Blanc vinified dry in the méthode traditionelle, just like it’s done in Champagne. The limestone soils of the estate express themselves in beautiful minerality underlining notes of apricot and peach. The vibrant mousse dances across the palate, making this ideal wine for most cuisines. $18

Avinyó Reserva Brut Cava, NV, Penedés, Spain

16 Jan

DSC03212Wonderful toasty aromas and bright green apple flavors are underlined by grace notes of roasted almond. Lovely depth coupled with a minerally, lingering finish make this a gorgeously versatile sparkler. $20

Baracchi Sparkling Rosé of Sangiovese, NV, Tuscany, Italy

16 Jan

DSC03208Sparkling rosé of Sangiovese? Sounds delicious! This rare sparkling displays aromas of cherry, wild berry, and fresh rose petal. The palate is dry, refreshing and harmonious with an elegant finish of black currant and sweet almond. Expect amazing things from this wine at any celebration, both for the quality and the presentation. $55

Cruzat Clásico Brut, NV, Mendoza, Argentina

16 Jan

DSC03206Done in the méthode champenoise, Cruzát is a delightful sparkling made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The Pinot offers soft tropical fruit with a layer of creaminess while the Chardonnay provides a burst of citrus and bright acidity. Delicious with seafood empanadas. $23

Il Follo Prosecco Extra Dry, NV, Treviso, Italy

12 Jan

DSC03182Delicious Prosecco from Treviso, in northern Italy’s Veneto region. Honeyed on the nose, fresh and lively on the palate, where there’s a hint of sweet, ripe tangerine hiding behind the Fuji apples. A small amount of residual sugar fills out the mouthfeel, rather than reading as sweetness. Try this with savory hors d’oeuvres like prosciutto and spiced almonds. $12

Domaine St. Vincent Brut by Gruet, NV, New Mexico

12 Jan

22A new budget-friendly bubbly from Gruet, where they’re probably tired of hearing “New Mexico? Really?” Green apple and pear on the nose, with a palate that is round and crisp. Easy to drink and food-friendly–add to that the great price point, and you’ve got no reason not to celebrate something right now. $12

Montmartre Rosé Sec, NV, France

12 Jan

20A distinctive salmon-pink sparkling cuvée of Gamay and Cabernet Franc. Fresh and fruity, lively on the palate, with a delicate mousse and appealing finish, it makes a fine aperitif or accompaniment to a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres. $15

Henriot Brut Souverain, NV, Champagne, France

12 Jan

19Henriot’s Brut Souverain is made each year in honor of the house’s unique style of Champagne. The aromas of white flowers and citrus are balanced with beguilingly toasty brioche notes. Fabulous bubbles from a great Champagne house, and under $60. $52

Vallformosa Cava Brut Clasic, NV, Spain

12 Jan

18This is some bang-up bubbles for the money! The nose expresses a mixture of green apple and apricot, with hints of toastiness on the finish. The aromas continue to the palate, which is mouthwatering and refreshing. Great as an aperitif, even better throughout any meal that seems like a celebration. $18