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July 03, 2019
In the world of sparkling wine, there’s a lot more out there than Champagne on December 31st and bottom shelf Prosecco for every other Sunday morning during the year. But when it comes to finding affordable sparkles, it’s hard to discern the good stuff from the mass-produced, flavorless, and dare we say it - super sweet - sparkling wine. All this confusion in the world of bubbles is too bad, however, because we think wine in all it’s sparkling forms is great for any occasion, including all bankrolled holidays. So if your looking to side step rosé season, or your host’s preference for the Champagne of beers, celebrate this Fourth of July with some killer domestic sparkling wine.
American’s have been making sparkling wine since the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the second half of the 20th century that it started to really catch on. From the get-go, many US winemakers turned to the Champagne model for making sparkling wines. Similar to the French AOC, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from state-side regions like California, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest make for fresh, sparkling wines with balanced acidity and finesse. Over the past few decades, American sparkling wine production has increased in both diversity and production, and we can’t get enough of it.
So, if you didn’t plan your route to the fireworks depot at the Indiana state line before the holiday weekend traffic hit, check out some of our home-grown sparklers instead.
Finke’s 2017 Blanc de Blancs, California
Brooks 2015 Extended Tirage Sparkling Riesling, Willamette Valley
Davis Family 2016 Sparkling Rose de Noir, Dutton Ranch
Under the Wire 2014 Brosseau Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay
Ransom 2017 Rosato Frizzante Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills