Coming up this Friday is International Champagne Day. And I have to share a few new sparkling wines I’ve had recently, including some from Champagne. So let me start by giving you a little Champagne history. Champagne is a region in Northern France, as far north as you can go and still grow grapes. They have been perfecting this bubbly wine for hundreds of years, to the point, the traditional method of making sparkling wine, is also called the Champagne method. A sparkling wine can be made in the traditional method, but unless it hails from the Champagne region in France, it cannot be called Champagne. It’s called ‘Cava’ in Spain, Any time you see Cremant, it is also traditional made sparkling wine, but not from the Champagne region.
I recently had a wonderful Cremant wine at the Festival of wines from Bordeaux
Made from Semillion, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc, this bright vibrant sparkling wine is a great substitution when you have something to celebrate but don’t want to spend the money associated with Champagne.
Here’s another great bubbly that won’t break the bank
My friend Youjeen was pouring this wonderful Spanish Cava at the Festival of Wines. In Spain, the word Hola is how people greet each other. And that was the premise behind the name of the wine. This Cava was made deliciously dry with hints of apple and citrus. A beautiful sparkling wine ready to celebrate at under $22 a bottle here.
If, however, nothing but the real deal will cut it, try this one authentic Champagne from Duval-Leroy
The Champagne house of Duval-Leroy was founded in 1859 so they have been producing top quality Champagnes for many many years. However, this Champagne house is known for more than just Champagne, it was a pioneer when it came to promoting sustainability in the vineyard. I personally like a dry Champagne, which you will be able to tell if the word Brut is in the title. Champagne doesn’t come cheap, which makes it the ultimate treat.
And now for my wine of the week…..
Critics are giving this wine 91 points, and I have to agree whole heartedly. Super smooth combination of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. A GSM blend is one of my favourites and this wine did not disappoint. Velvety blueberry and blackberry notes and although I know it saw some oak, except for the smoothness you couldn’t tell. It is priced at $20.99 a bottle so it’s a really good value.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone