Too Late for Valentine’s, Too Early for Mother’s Day, But Sparkling Wines Are Appropriate Any Time

Bigger Than Your Head

Sparkling wine comes in myriad fashions, methods, grape varieties, locations and intentions, and we touch on many of those aspects in this post that offers 11 examples for your enjoyment. Geographically, we visit Champagne and the Loire Valley in France; Pfalz, Germany; Tokaj in Hungary; in California — Arroyo Grande Valley, Bennett Valley and Russian River Valley; New York state’s Finger Lakes region; the Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy. We also touch on the three essential processes by which sparkling wines are made: the classic Champagne method of second fermentation in the bottle; the apparently even more ancient process called methode ancestrale, whereby the wine is bottled and capped before primary fermentation is complete; and, most basic of all, the Charmat (or, inelegantly) the bulk method of putting the wine in large tanks for the secondary fermentation. No judging here! Sparkling wines produced by Charmat — like Prosecco — and be charming and delightful.

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Gen Z-Approved Wines


With the recent release of the latest “State of the U.S. Wine Industry” report and subsequent coverage in The New York Times-The Pour, Rob McMillan and Eric Asimov call out the $15 price point as key to attracting younger consumers to wine; however, value isn’t necessarily the sole requirement. When purchasing wine, Gen Z’ers also seek from their favored brands quality, sense of place, sustainability, and social responsibility. These family owned, female led wineries farm sustainably and partner with nonprofits to protect the environment and promote biodiversity, making each an ideal choice for socially conscientious consumers. And, with these selected wines, the price is definitely right.

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The Dozen – Mountain Blancs

Santé Magazine

While it is not exactly rare to have premium white wines being made on Napa Valley’s Howell Mountain district, the rough east valley terrain is better known for its quality big reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Rheinhessen, Welcome to Your Intervention

Trink Magazine

Rheinhessen! I’m so glad you could make it today. Won’t you join us? Feel free to grab something to eat before you sit. There’s coffee, tea, and water.

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German Sekt: The quality choices


The Germans have consistently held the global top spot in guzzling bubbles (OIV, April 2020): the per capita consumption in 2021 was 3.2 litres of fizz (Statista Research Department, April 2022) which means more than four bottles or 32 flutes per adult of ChampagneProseccoCava and other sparkling wines – and Sekt of course, the surprisingly pronounceable and simple term for German sparkling wine.

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3 exceptional sparkling wines to toast your love this Valentine’s Day

The Washington Post

Sparkling wine will be called on to make many a Valentine’s Day dinner romantic, but the bubbles needn’t burst the budget. This week I have three moderately priced sparklers to set the mood. Two are made from riesling, one from Germany’s Mosel region, the other from New York’s Finger Lakes. The third is a charming Italian spumante from Campania that takes us on time travel back to an ancient era.

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Riesling Rising: Everything To Know About The Versatile White Wine That Pairs Well With Your Favorite Foods

Robb Report

If you haven’t had a good Riesling in a while, take a good look at the wine lists of some of your favorite restaurants. Riesling is definitely on the rise and more and more sommeliers are including their favorites on wine lists. We have seen quality offerings in the most unlikely places, such as New York City steakhouses, Atlanta rib joints, Vancouver dim sum restaurants and Michelin starred temples of fine dining in Paris.

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15 Nonalcoholic And Dealcoholized Wines To Sip During Dry January And Beyond

Best Products

Dry January is in full swing, and while there are more and more nonalcoholic options on the market, from canned cocktails to nonalcoholic spirits, sometimes all you want is to pour yourself a nice glass of wine — alcohol-free wine, that is. Whether you’re hanging out at home bingeing on Real Housewives or heading to a dinner party at a friend’s, we’ve found plenty of wines that will please those on the detox train or are sobering up for the month. These are so delicious that even those that aren’t doing Dry January will want a sip.

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