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The Season for Bubbly

By: Todd Templin | VP of Beer, Wine, and The DLM Cheese Shop
On: December 01, 2014

Are you aware that Champagne is a grape-growing region in the Marne Valley of France? Look at a map, and you will see it in the northeastern part of the country. It is here that sparkling wine is made according to very strict rules. Only after tedious production methods is the label allowed to bear the word “Champagne.” California, too, produces some world-class sparklers, as do a number of other wine-producing countries. While following the guidelines set by the French, the California producers tend to have a little more fruit to their flavor.

GRUET BLANC DE NOIRS

This sparkling wine from New Mexico is made in the traditional French style, with aromas of citrus and lemon-lime, plus a hint of dough mid-palate, and refreshing and clean at the finish.

DUVAL-LEROY BRUT

A beautiful bottle for a mouth-watering wine! The well-known artist LeRoy Neiman sketched the scene on the bottle on a napkin while visiting Paris. This Champagne is a harmonious balance of toast and candied berry flavors, with creamy texture and mineral aftertaste.

GOSSET-BRABANT BRUT TRADITION

The family-owned, estate-bottling Gosset-Brabant winery in the famous town of Aÿ creates a Pinot Noir-dominated cuvée that reflects its unique microclimate. It is, quite frankly, as complex and expressive a non-vintage Champagne as we know (for those concerned with what they drink rather than with what they are seen drinking).

MARC HÉBRART BRUT PREMIER CRU

This Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend is a beautiful Premier Cru, showing minerality, strawberries, and toasted bread. Perfect for holiday celebrations.

PIPER SONOMA BRUT & BLANC DE NOIRS

These two California sparkling wines are really nice values. Both are dry with an abundance of apply fruit and crisp finish. Both are a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, with the Blanc de Noirs being a bit less creamy.

LA MARCA PROSECCO

Dry, clean, and amazingly crisp, this bubbly will be a crowd pleaser for your holiday gatherings!