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Made in France from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinor Meunier grapes, Champagne is sometimes considered the gold standard of sparkling wine. Styles can range from lean and crisp with lots of lemon, green apple and stony minerality to rich and full with aromas of brioche, toffee and baked apples. Rose Champagne will display more red fruit and berry aromas.
Eye: A sparkling clarity, pale gold in colour. Nose: The very first impressions are of bright, fresh mornings. It is reminiscent of spring blossom such as hawthorn. They lead into more fruity notes such as ... more
It offers the eye radiant colour, its nose is intense and elegant. Notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry predominate, followed by a touch of dried fruits and pastry. In the mouth, the attack is ... more
"White Foil" is never sold until the youngest component is a minimum of 3 years old...This additional maturity contributes much to the reputation "White Foil" enjoys. "White Foil" generally contains the wines of at least ... more
Meaning "creamy" in French, this wine is denoted as "Methode Champenoise" in any other region than Champagne, such as Loire, Bourgogne or Alsace. Each region makes its Cremant from different grapes. Cremants are a great alternative to Champagne's sometimes high price tag.
The flavors display nice strawberry and wild cherry fruit, with a touch of richness on the mid palate. It is balanced with dry, crisp acidity and complimented with a creamy texture and long finish. more
Hailing from Italy, Prosecco is created from Glera grapes in the Charmat method. In this style, the wine undergoes its second fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The flavors of Prosecco tend to be simpler and less complex, as it isn't aged "sur lie" like Champagne. Notes of white flowers, apple and pear tend to be prominent.
Floral aromas with peach and tropical fruit notes mark this delicious Prosecco. Lively and effervescent, the palate is clean and crisp with balanced acidity and a lingering finish. more
The Mionetto Prosecco Brut has an intense fruity bouquet with a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced. Pairing: This wine is perfect alone as an aperitif or ... more
Also from Italy, this style is a sweet sparkler made in the Asti region using the Charmat method. Muscat grapes are used to create a sweet flavor and low alcohol.
Martini & Rossi Asti is a fruity sparkling wine made from the finest 'Moscato Bianco' grapes grown in the heart of the prestigious Italian D.O.C.G. area. Top quality ripe grapes from a single variety are ... more
Spain's bubbly is also made in Method Champenoise and may even be aged longer than Champagne. Cavas are probably the closest to traditional French Champagnes that you'll find outside of France.
American Sparkling Wine
Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It is medium-bodied with a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. This wine ... more
With looser laws concerning the grape varietals that are used in American bubblies, there is much variation amongst domestic sparkling wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir tend to be the most common choices. Some may be made in Method Champenoise, though many defy the traditional methods.
Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond. On the palate, one finds lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish. A tremendously versatile wine that ... more
This nearly garnet Rosé, like all our non-vintage sparkling wines, is aged 24 months en tirage. It has a lovely, bright floral bouquet with hints of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. On the palate, it is ... more
Chandon Blanc de Noirs is characteristically a delicate salmon color. Wild cherry, currants and strawberries dominate both aroma and flavor. These vibrant red fruit flavors linger across the palate and are balanced with lively acidity ... more
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