Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it making it fizzy. The carbon dioxide may result from natural fermentation, either in a bottle, as with the méthode champenoise, in a large tank designed to withstand the pressures involved (as in the Charmat process), or as a result of carbon dioxide injection.Sparkling wine is usually white or rosé but there are many examples of red sparkling wines such as Italian Brachetto and Australian sparkling Shiraz. The sweetness of sparkling wine can range from very dry "brut" styles to sweeter "doux" varieties.
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    • Wines of the World – STLTO

      Wines of the World – STLTO November 12, 2014 by NJ Wine with Me This slideshow requires JavaScript. How cool is wine run by women? Total gender bias here, but I like supporting and empowering women and I like wine. I recently had the opportunity to try STLTO wines. Apparently, this company is run entirely by women and the brand is geared towards ladies.

      NJ Wine with Mein Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Chardonnay- 4 readers -
    • Italy: Nino Franco, Prosecco

      This top-notch Prosecco winery isn't far off its 100th birthday and was established by Antonio Franco in Valdobbiadene, right in the beautiful heart of the 'original' production zone marked by often steep hillside vineyards at altitude (hence the snowy shot above), which has recently become a much smaller and more quality-focused sub-zone (Prosecco can be made pretty much .

      Richard Mark James/ Wine Writing- 4 readers -
  • Don’t Forget Frank Family Pinot Noir For Thanksgiving

    … Sauvignon and sparkling wines, but it has made outstanding Pinot Noir since 2007. It is a difficult grape to grow and even more difficult to turn into great wine. While the Burgundy region of France and Oregon in the New World are more widely recognized as the best places to produce great Pinot Noir, this wine shows Napa Valley can compete…

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  • Article #237 on "What wine for Thanksgiving"

    …If you do a Google search on "Thanksgiving dinner wines" you'll find lots of people telling you what to drink with your turkey. Often though it's something like, "Get to 2013 Spier Chenin Blanc from South Africa." Huh? Now I have to run all over looking for this specific wine? No thanks. Besides, a wine that's available in the 'burbs of New York…

    Bob Hunnicutt/ Bob on Sonoma- 1 readers -
  • The Everything Guide to Thanksgiving Wine

    …, a glass of wine in hand, we should dream too, of the bountiful food and wine pairings that await: a Thanksgiving feast, so close, you could almost grasp it. Unlike those early explorers, however, you need not stray into dark, unfamiliar waters. To help guide you, we’ve provided a roadmap from pre-dinner to post-dessert that spans red, white…

    Jonathan Cristaldi/ Winetology- 2 readers -
  • LCBO Vintages release – November 22, 2014 (WVN 205)

    …, crisp acid and layers of toast, lemon, green apple and chalky minerals. Why buy Champagne for your special toasts when you could buy this wine for half the price? Dry, sparkling wine – $25.95 per bottle South Africa, Stellenbosch – WO Stellenbosch Meerlust Rubicon 2008 Rubicon is an iconic Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet France…

    W John Switzer/ The Winesights Reader- 1 readers -
  • Bella Wines harmonizes with a bubbly quartet

    … and 95 cases of 375 ml bottles). The grapes are from Secrest Mountain Vineyards, a high elevation vineyard northwest of Oliver. The winery calls this “our confident and bright little one.” I preferred this slightly above the others. It is a crisp and elegant sparkling with citrus and ripe apple flavours back with minerality. 90. Bella Oliver-Eastside…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 4 readers -
  • Heads Up: Billecart-Salmon Tasting at The Urban Grape

    … comparing to a much more affordable domestic sparkling brut rosé. Guests with familiarity with sparkling wines could definitely tell which was the more expensive wine. Hint: Look for the fine bubbles, silky mouthfeel and overall elegance. So head on over to The Urban Grape tonight or tomorrow if you're in the area. Keep tabs on their events page for upcoming tastings. You can follow @UrbanGrape on Twitter for more information. …

    Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press- 2 readers -
  • Review: Bee d’Vine Honey Wine

    … with sparkling wines, but Dee d’Vine is still, not fizzy.) They were produced in 2013, but regulations prevent the inclusion of vintage dates on non-grape wines. How you enjoy them will depend on your tolerance level for exotic oddities in your gullet. Thoughts follow. Also of note: The company supports farming and environmental initiatives…

    Christopher Null/ 1 readers -
  • Crisper Whites for Crisper Weather

    … such as winter squashes as well as meats such as chicken, veal or pork. As the weather gets crisper, and we find ourselves indoors more, don’t feel like you have to compromise and only drink red wine, especially if you are a white wine fan. Grab a scarf, polish those white wine glasses and enjoy the crisper weather. Cheers, Charlotte Chipperfield …

    Charlotte Chipperfield/ The Wine Key's Blog- 2 readers -
  • English wine trade mourns loss of 'inspirational' Mike Roberts MBE

    … of the Wine Pantry, an award-winning English wine-only retailer in London. 'We have lost a great man whose legacy will continue to shape and influence the industry.' Bob Lindo, a former Royal Air Force pilot who set up Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall in 1989, said he first met Mike Roberts while waiting for a bus to the Vinitech show in Bordeaux…

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  • First we take Manhattan…

    … fruit: This lesson was first mastered by port wine producers who created the 18×6 template. For port, 18% alcohol puts the wine at the minimum of preservation so as not to be a distraction. I think it’s an easy but understandable error to attribute intentionality to such choices, at least with the confidence this essay implies. The fermentation…

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  • More Mushroom Meals, and a Turkey Meal Nears

    … cheeses, green olives, and baguettes served with Zinfand el, Chardonnay, Sangiovese; L’ Entrée: Wild mushroom bisque with puff pastry square filled with brie served with Pinot Noir; Le Plat Principal: Thick brined pork cut with wild mushroom gravy, sugared sweet potato crisps, haricot verts and slivered almonds served with Cabernet Sauvignon; Le…

    John Cesano/ John on Winein Cabernet Sauvignon Pinot Noir Malbec Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Cliff Lede Vineyards

    … classical music concerts in their wine caves. In 2002 Cliff Lede (pronounced "Laydee"), a Canadian businessman who loved Bordeaux wines, purchased Anderson Vineyards and founded Cliff Lede Vineyards. He decided to switch from sparkling wines to focus primarily on red Bordeaux style wines. The old wine caves had been closed to the public after earthquake…

    Tj Jones/ Bach to Bacchusin Sauvignon Blanc- 2 readers -
  • Tales From: Sonoma—Rack and Riddle and Breathless Wines

    … Back in August, when I was out in Sonoma, I visited a few wineries, as is my norm. Since I have become a wine blogger (I still hesitate to say wine “writer”), going “wine tasting” certainly has a different feel to it. Whereas before, I would just stroll into a random tasting room and try all the wines being served. Or not. Then I would head…

    the drunken cyclistin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 1 readers -
  • Early Harvest For 2014

    … of flavor”, “excellent”, and “quality”. “Perfect weather”, “good fortune” and “abundant crop” are other terms used in describing this past growing season. For Napa Valley, the first grapes were picked on July 30 for their sparkling wines. Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling were harvested in early August. And the other grape varietals were pulled during…

    Wine Ponder in Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc Riesling- 2 readers -
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