4 Sparkling Wines To Celebrate the Season
What’s brunch without a bottle of bubbly? Some might say “breakfast,” but we say “unacceptable.” Whether it’s a celebration or you’re simply craving something sparkling, we have the best bubbles made locally. In no particular order…
2016 Gwinllan Estate Sparkling Rosé
PURCHASE: Gwinllan Estate, 7060 Fairplay Road, Somerset,
This 2018 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winner is made using 100-percent estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes in the true Champagne method: méthode Champenoise. The velvety flavors of black cherry and nectarine titillate your taste buds and make your mouth water with a silky and crisp finish, while beautiful and elegant aromas of fresh strawberries, Fuji apples, and quince entice your senses.
2016 Wise Villa Blanc de Blancs
PURCHASE: Wise Villa Winery, 4200 Wise Road, Lincoln,
Handcrafted at Wise Villa’s estate where it’s aged on the lees for five months then bottled using the traditional Charmat method, this Brut sparkling wine displays delicate fruit aromatics of apple, honeysuckle, citrus, and minerality with a crisp, off-dry finish and pleasant effervescence.
Karmère Marta Karla Almond
PURCHASE: Karmère Vineyards & Winery, 11970 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, 209-245-5000, karmere.com
Reminiscent of a liquid bear claw, this sparkling wine is perfect alongside pastries or fresh fruit and hits the perfect balance between sweet and dry, thanks to hints of mascarpone and almonds.
Heringer Estates Canned Bubbly Rosé
PURCHASE: Heringer Estates, 37375 Netherlands Road, Suite 203, Clarksburg, 916-744-1919, heringerestates.com
Tickle your tongue with bright flavors of fresh berry, sweet vanilla, and flower petals with each sip of this portable sparkling wine that’s the perfect poolside and garden party companion. Pair it with strawberry shortcake, vanilla ice cream, sunshine, and friends for the ultimate afternoon delight.