Join us tonight from 5 to 7pm at the Brooklyn wine store when will be tasting sparkling wines under $30. We will be opening 5 wines from 4 different countries. While not made in the magical kingdom that is Champagne, these sparklers are tasty treats in their own right and they don’t carry the hefty price that usually comes along with the Champagne pedigree.
Yering Station Yarrabank Cuvee 2003 Traditional Method
Since 1996 Yarrabank cuvees have been produced by an ongoing joint venture between Champagne Veuve A. Devaux and Yering Station, an amazing Australian wine producer. Made in the Traditional Method, Yarrabank uses only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in its sparkling wines. This is a dry sparkler with thirst quenching minerality.
Gruet Brut Rose NV
In 1984, Gilbert Gruet, whose Champagne house, Gruet et Fils had produced fine Champagne in Bethon, France, since 1952, made the decision to plant an experimental vineyard, exclusively planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, in New Mexico of all places. Sandy and loamy soil, and a lack of humidity that might contribute to rot, give a consistency of fruit year in and year out, and allow Gruet to produce wines without the use of pesticides.
Alain Renardat-Fache Methode Ancestrale Demi-Sec
This sparkling pink wine from the little known region of Bugey, France is made with Gamay and Poulsard grapes using what is called the ”methode ancestrale.” The finished wine is low in alcohol (about 8%) and still contains a bit of sugar, making it slightly sweet. This wine is great as an aperitif or with fruit or chocolate based desserts.
Reymos Espumoso de Moscatel
This sparkling Muscat is thought to be one of the best made in this region of Valencia, Spain. The seductive bouquet is enough to get anyone hooked, but once you taste this semi-sweet bubbly with its ripe peach and honeysuckle flavors you’re sure to become a convert. This one is great for brunch and parties alike.
Vega Barcelona Cava Brut Reserva
High elevation vineyards in Penedes, Spain and higher than typical percentage (30%) of Macabeo, give the wine a distinctive flavor and aromatic profile. It spends nine months on its lees which provide a champagne-like baked bread/creme brulee quality, offset by sharp, tangy citrus flavors. Also great for a little hair-of-the-dog mimosa on New Year’s Day!
Happy New Year!!!