Not just for New Year’s Eve, sparkling wines have romance and moxie, and work with intense and often contradictory food flavors. Ranging from bone-dry to significantly sweet, sparkling wines function as aperitif, intermezzo or dessert wine. The wine scene here offers a variety of interpretations for traditional bubble lover and neophyte alike.
Reminiscent of fine grower Champagnes, Talismon shows rich, toasty aromas and dry creaminess on the palate with small, persistent bubbles.
Pure pleasure made entirely from Pinot Gris, the poem on the bottle says it all: not sweet, not dry—but wet she is.
The peach and green apple aromas of Riesling effervesce with a tease of sweetness and a mostly dry finish. Shady Lane recommends dosing the wine with a splash of peach nectar for a yummy Bellini.
An Old Mission cuvée of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, you will indeed be dazzled by this cheerfully uncomplicated expression of fruit and its fat, lively bubbles.