Sparkling wines are often judged not only by the sites they are from,
but by the skill of the winemaker as it comes to blending, and coaxing
the carbonation into the wine. The biggest example of this skill is the
honed in nature of the most famous sparkling wine region in the world,
Champagne. There are other regions that have a long history of making
high quality sparkling wines with methods similar to Champagne. This
value pack will show you 3 examples of those alongside of a bottle of
grower-producer Champagne; as well as 3 examples of more economical
sparkling wines. There is never not a reason to drink more bubbles!
1 bottle each of the following:
den Mond 'Rose Cuvee' Rose Sekt - Germany
Germans are one of the world's largest consumers of sparkling
wine. Not surprisingly, they make some great examples to
quench that thirst. This rose Sekt is made from a blend of
grapes including Pinot Noir, and Dornfelder from both the
Pfalz and Rheinhessen regions in Germany. You will find
bing cherry, strawberry, and raspberry flavors
with notes of red carnation flowers, and chalk.
Adami 'Garbel' Prosecco Treviso - Veneto, Italy
Prosecco is one of the most well known sparkling wines. Its
reasonable price and vibrant expressiveness make it popular.
Adami is one of the top quality producers out there. They
stand out like a jewel in a crowd of competitors where
attention to quality can fall to secondary importance.
Garbel shows crisp fruit flavors of lemon zest, white
nectarine, and fresh cut honeydew melon. The soft mousse of
bubbles bolsters the light body and supports the
gardena-like and jasmine floral aromas.
Montfort Cremant de Loire - Loir Valley, France
One of the primary grape of the Loire Valley is Chenin Blanc - in Vouvray, Savennieres, and several other appelations. This bottle is 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, which brings a little more roundness and complexity to the blend. Full of ripe golden fruit and biscuity flavors, this Cremant over-delivers for the price and is one of our favorite bottles of "house bubbles"!
Riesling Sekt - Rheingau, Germany
is one of the most highly regarded sparkling wine makers in
Germany. All of their sekt see extended aging on the lees
before they are released. They typically see at least 18
months minimum aging before being released. Riesling makes
for wonderful sparkling wines because of the citrusy
acidity, and intense aromatics. Created using the traditional method, this is a fantastic representation of an extra dry German Sekt (Sparkling Wine). This a unique bubbly with a nose that is toasty and yeasty, and a body that is extra dry, crisp, prickly and a fantastic representation of an outstanding German Sekt. This is a wonderful wine for anyone who loves dry Riesling and Champagne. This product merges those two seamlessly. Enjoy with food or stand alone!
Tissot Cremant de Jura - Jura, France
The Tissot family works with only estate fruit from biodynamically farmed vineyards, and is recognized as a top tier sparkling producer in the region. The Tissot Cremant de Jura is about half Chardonnay, followed by about a third Pinot Noir, and the rest of the blend rounded out by local grapes Trousseau and Poulsard. Bright, with rainier cherry, white cranberry, and just a touch of toastiness from lees-aging, this wine is bone-dry and crisp.
Allimant Laugner Cremant d'Alsace Rose - Alsace, France
The primary red grape of Alsace is Pinot Noir. In fact, any sparkling rose from Alsace must be 100% Pinot Noir. Full of crisp cherry and strawberry, with a slightly rosey floral note, the focus of this wine is freshness, with just a hint of leesyness. A great wine for creamy cheeses, prosciutto or speck, and mild sausage dishes, as well as fruit-based salads.