Fattoria Moretto’s Lambrusco is a party in a bottle. A fresh, bubbly red with notes of dark berries and herbs, there is no more joyful and refreshing vino rosso out there. Pair it up with just about anything for a sure win. And yes–it’s dry.
Our friends over at Sommariva have a real knack for pumping out quality Italian bubbles at a serious discount. Made from primarily Rabaso, a native Italian varietal rich in acidity, this bubbly exhibits ripe fruit notes alongside chalk minerality, all in perfect balance. Pairing this one with a triple cream cheese is a no-brainer.
Nestled between Savoie, the Jura, Burgundy, and the Rhône, this small yet mighty appellation is one to explore. Patrick Bottex, along with his wife and son, farm the rocky limestone slopes of Bugey to produce a beautiful sparkling rosé. Predominantly Gamay, this slightly sweet bottling shows bright fruit and refreshing acidity.
Located in Bouzy, Champagne Paul Bara uses only their own estate grown fruit from 100% Grand Cru rated vineyards. This bottle offers great complexity on the nose and palate, it’s both full in the mouth and crisp with a very refined mousse, bright acid and a lengthy finish.
Silex is a rare soil type only found in the Loire that wine geeks will nerd out about forever. Brunet farms the Chenin Blanc for this cuvee on Silex, imparting incredible minerality, structure, and earthiness to this gorgeous pet nat.
Mirco Mariotti is doing something different - he’s farming wine in sand. That’s right, we’re talking beach wine. With vines just 300 meters from the Adriatic Sea, his wines possess a magical savoriness & salinity which is fully present in his Smarazen Bianco sparkling wine. It’s tangy, citrusy & amazing.
Edi Kante produces wines that are brimming with the character of his grapes and the stark limestone soil of Carso. A blend of Chardonnay and Malvasia Istriana, bottled with zero dosage. Dry, chalky, and just the right combination of fleshy and lean. A shop favorite, these are some serious bubbles.
Fred Savart is a rock star in the world of Champagne. Walk down to his cellar, peek at the walls packed with some of the world's finest empties, and you may agree. “L’Ouverture” is Fred’s entry-level cuvée, but it’s toasty aromas, mineral-laden structure, and exacting precision suggest a Champagne of greater prestige.
Champagne Paul Bara is arguably the most renowned grower Champagne producer in the village of Bouzy and has been since the 1860s. Paul's eldest daughter Chantal is keeping the family tradition on track. Everything is done by hand, using only selected grapes from mature, low yielding vines that are grown on the estate. This stunner is loaded with intense fruit expressions, tremendous mineral complexity, 100% memorable and truly worthy of Grand Cru status. There is a reason why this estate is considered legendary.
Vadin Plateau Champagne 1er Cru Extra Brut Renaissance NV
After training in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Australia, Yan Vadin returned to his family’s domaine in 2012 to convert to organic winemaking. ‘Renaissance’ is his first cuvée, made of 100% Pinot Meunier, which is considered the star grape of the Cumières region of Champagne. Fresh and complex, this bottle is perfect for any occasion.
Taking after his father and his legendary winemaking, Adrien Renoir is making a statement in their appellation as he converts their farming to biodynamic, making fresh bubbles with finesse. His ‘Le Terrior’ cuvee is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, bone-dry, bold flavor, with a gorgeous, long finish.
Cerro la Barca Vegas Altas Eva de Los Santos Bianco 2020
Native to the region, winemakers Juan Sojo and Angel Luis Gonzales have taken a significant role in bringing back a near-obsolete grape varietal: the eva de los santos. From 80-year old vines, this Spanish single-varietal is light, floral and refreshing, using only indegenous yeasts from fermentation and producing a beautiful expression of the region.
The Bulli family have been crafting artisanal bubblies from their own crops for generations. The name is both a jab at Champagne–this is a traditional method bubbly, but no knock off Champagne. Fermented naturally with indigenous yeasts, this is clean and refreshing. Enjoy it with cheeses, cured meats, or veggies.
Roland Piollot is descended from a leader of the Champagne Riots, a movement in which Champagne makers pushed for more transparent grape growing, so it’s clear his wines are deeply rooted in local history. His Reserve Brut is aromatic and bursting with notes of golden apple and brioche — perfect for both parties and relaxing nights at home.
Sometimes you want a sparkler with a little more fruit character in it. Enter this pet-nat from the Brand brothers (check out that color!). Predominantly Pinot Noir, this wine has all the traits of a Pinot- juicy red fruits like raspberry, watermelon, red cherry, and red plum. Goes with just about everything!
Bénédicte Leroy boldly left her job as a physical education teacher to take over the family domaine after her father’s retirement. On a quest to practice “simple” winemaking, bringing forth the essence of the grapes, they’ve been farming organically for 30+ years, using zero dosage. The result is magical champagne.
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