Sparklers Of The Season
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Sparklers Of The Season

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Champagne has long been the benchmark for sparkling wine, but elegant traditional method (the bubbles come from a second fermentation in the bottle) sparkling wines from outside Champagne are far from a scarce commodity these days. We picked 3 of our favorites truly elegant wines that are undoubtably world class.

Alta Alella, ‘Mirgin’ Gran Reserva Brut Nature Cava 2017
When we first tasted this wine, we put our glasses down and stared at each other. We could not believe the complexity and grace it presented, and then when we heard the price we were floored – no pun intended. Alta Alella is right on the outskirts of Barcelona and is a family run, completely organic winery. The grapes are the traditional ones; Xarel-lo, Macabeau, and Parellada. The wine spends over 40 months aging on its lees, which is an incredible length of time for a Cava. These bubbles will help usher in the celebration with aromas of white peach, flowers, hay, and almonds.

Domaine le Capitaine, Methode Traditionelle Vouvray Brut NV
Chenin grapes and tuffeau soils are at the heart of what makes Vouvray so loved. Giving fruit and prickly acidity. Both important ingredients for a good sparkler. Brothers Alain and Christophe Le Capitaine craft this beauty that is giving of fruit and incisive with acidity and chalky minerality.

Raventos i Blanc, 'de Nit' Brut Rosé Conca del Riu Anoia NV
The Raventós' Conca del Riu Anoia estate has been in the family and under vine since 1492 and current winemaker, Pepe Raventós, is part of the 21st generation of farmers on the property. In 2012, the family left the Cava D.O. to start their own terroir-specific appellation with stricter standards. This wine is a blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeu, Parellada, with 6% Monastrel for color. 18 months sur-lie before disgorgement. It has a delicate pink color, citrus stone fruit, floral notes and a touch of cassis on the nose. The plate is fresh with super elegant textural bubbles.