Onward Pétillant Naturel Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018

Onward Petillant Naturel

Rusty orange color like Provence Rosé. Spicy, savory aroma of cherry skins, ruby grapefruit zest, arugula and pomegranate. Tasty, non-fruity flavors of dry herbs de Provence, red apples, spiced cherry, crushed almonds and cherry pit. Delicious non-fruity flavors, textured and multi-dimensional. Not your fruity, easy going bottle of bubbles…this is a sparkling wine for grown-ups. […]

Mirabelle Sparkling Wine Brut

Mirabelle Sparkling Brut

Napa Valley’s iconic Schramsberg Winery also makes Mirabelle, a delicious, great value sparkling wine. Like the life of the party, it’s easy to like and mighty friendly. The flavors are creamy and fruity, a little like a pineapple/mango smoothy. Try the Mirabelle Brut with cream cheese wontons, easy to make at home or get the […]

J Sparkling Wine “Cuvee 20”

J Sparkling Cuvee 20

This is the best “palate-perker-upper” of the lot. I call this fruity and tangy, like icy-cold Granny Smith apples, citrus spray and toothsome pineapple. J Winery is a national leader in cool-climate Sonoma County wines, especially sparkling. Look for the eye-catching, mustard-yellow swoosh of a J silk-screened on the bottle. For a matching snack, zest […]

Mumm Napa Sparkling Wine “Brut Prestige”

Mumm Napa sparkling seems to be everywhere. If a store sells wine, good bet they sell Mumm Napa. Might make you think it’s mediocre, understandably, but not the case. It’s tangy, toasty, and like a good dog you can count on it being there to make you smile. The tang and toast make the Mumm […]

Roederer Estate Sparkling Wine, Brut

Roederer Estate Sparkling Wine

Find Boonville, California on a map and you’re looking at Anderson Valley. Less-known and less-traveled than Napa and Sonoma, Anderson Valley’s cool weather is ideal for making sparkling wine. To my taste, Roederer Estate makes the best. It’s fruity and tangy, like a lemon sorbet (without the sweetness). Cold poached shrimp, a mainstay of the […]

CARBONISTE “Octopus” Sparkling Albarino 2018

Carboniste Octopus

Albarino’s fresh floral, peach and citrus flavors are showcased in this methode traditionelle sparkling wine. Very tangy, floral/citrus basket aroma, loads of fruity, electric flavor. I love the balance of ripe fruit and energetic acidity. Made to capture every ounce of freshness possible. Carboniste makes a variety of sparkling wines out of different grapes (Albarino, […]

SINOR LAVALLEE Ancestrale 2018

Sinor Lavallee Pet Nat Ancestrale

Extremely crisp, high acid sparkling wine from this very small San Luis Obispo producer focusing on earth-driven wines. Pinot Noir’s rose petal and raspberry aromas tip-toe in. Tangy citrus, yellow cherry and plum flavors shine in the mouth along with smidge of jasmine or honeysuckle. There’s a suggestion of rocky earthiness on the finish if […]

BLUET Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine

Bluet Wild Blueberry Sparkling Wine

The first time you try the Bluet you will probably be surprised. I, for one, didn’t know what to expect and was still surprised. Very aromatic, but it doesn’t shout out blueberries. I get cranberries, violets, black pepper and dark plum smells as much as blueberry. Ditto on the taste and it’s high acid and […]

SUBJECT to CHANGE Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Subject to Change Sparkling

Here’s an original. Sauvignon Blanc (from near Hopland, southeast Mendocino County) made into a lightly sparkling wine. Method Ancestrale means the wine, not a dosage, makes the bubbles. In this case it is a second fermenation. Subject to Change uses Sauvignon Blanc must that was frozen at harvest, then thawed and added to wine in […]

SOTER Brut Rose “Mineral Springs” 2014

Soter Brut Rose

Unquestionably one of the best American sparkling wines made. This is 91% Pinot Noir, 9% Chardonnay from their Estate vineyard in Willamette’s Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA. Barrel fermented and aged 8 months before 2nd fermentation in bottle. 2 years on its lees before disgorgement in spring 2017. The Soter Brut Rose comes out of the gate […]

BIRICHINO Pét-Nat Malvasia Bianca 2016

Birichino Pet Nat 16

A rare duck in California, “Pet Nat” for short is a single fermentation sparkling wine in which the fermenting wine is bottled and sealed until it’s time to drink. To use the lesser-known Malvasia Bianca makes it an even great oddity. Boy is it good. Orange and lemon blossom nose with green apple skins, fresh-squeezed […]