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.
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.
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.
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.
Furlani’s Bianco Alpino represents a blend of Nosiola, Müller Thurgau, and Pinot Bianco (better known as Pinot Blanc). Nosiola is a real gem of Alto Adige and is so named for its tendency toward a distinctly hazelnut-infused aroma and flavor profile.
An utterly elegant and refined Prosecco from Cinzia Sommariva. Clean, crisp, well-balanced with fine bubbles, it really over-delivers. The vines are sustainably farmed, the wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness, and the end result is a beautiful bubbly at a great price.
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.
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.
Almost every champagne consists of a combination of three grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Yan Vadin’s rosé, however, has just a splash of a hyper-local grape called Cumiéres Rouge, named for the village in which his domaine is based. Floral and lush, this exemplifies Yan’s love for his hometown.
The Roca family is intent on showcasing the unique terroir of their indigenous Catalan grape varieties, with a focus on Macabeu, which is the primary varietal in this delicious sparkling wine. It’s all raspberry, strawberry & red apple on the palate with an exquisite cleansing acidity & a finish that keeps you coming back for more.
Emilia-Romagna is the home to the delicious red bubbly we all love with pizza, but Lambrusco isn’t the only fabulous frizzante coming from this region. Pignoletto is a lightly sparkling white wine - crisp, subtly herbal, satiating like a crunch piece of watermelon on a hot summer day. Enjoy with a BLT on a picnic blanket.
It doesn’t get more classic than this: the oldest Champagne house’s oldest cuvée. In the words of the late Gosset cellarmaster Jean-Pierre Mareigner, “This is the true signature of the House.” Tightly-laced acidity and notes of apples, black cherries, and brioche, this bottle is exactly what you want, and expect, of a legendary Champagne house.
Single vineyard, single terrior, single vintage, free from dosage or the addition of sulfur - this grower Champagne from Bénédicte Leroy of Ruppert-Leroy is just about as pure as it gets. The cuvée is complex, elegant & just about as dry as it gets, with aromas of white flower & notes of pear.
Piollot Champagne Rose Extra Brut Les Protelles 2018
Côtes des Bar is arguably the most famous appellation in Champagne, and Pierre Brocard represents the area beautifully. Brocard wants to make wine to be enjoyed immediately, instead of stored away in the cellar. With aromas of pastry and ripe peaches, this Champagne is traditional in every sense and is sure to impress!
Pierre Paillard Champagne Bouzy Grand Cru Les Terres Roses NV