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.
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.
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.
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.
The brothers Brand took to winemaking young, and are now working organically in the vineyards. They make classic, drinkable Rieslings, but it’s their Pet Nats that wowed us first. Bright, tart, and tangy, this low-alcohol bubbly is the perfect apéritif bubbly for your friends into natural wine or sour beers. Drink with fresh cheeses.
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!
Hailing from the hills of Northern Umbria, the folks of Tiberi are fourth-generation homesteaders and vignerons doing everything from the heart. Fresh cherries and rose petals jump out of the glass and the palette is met with minerality, structure and zing. You want this bubbly in your life!
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.
Vadin Plateau Champagne Rose 1er Cru Extra Brut Symbiose NV
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.
Ricardo Zanotto wants his wines to taste and smell like the past. So for him, a Col Fondo makes perfect sense. This style of sparkling wine is made in the “ancestral method”— its effervescence comes from a fermentation in the bottle rather than added carbonation. A delicious ode to tradition with notes of yellow apple and bread.
Marie Thibault has a passion and energy that comes through in her lively Pet Nat of Chenin Blanc. The wine is delicate, bone-dry, clean and utterly elegant. Certified organic, this naturally made sparkler offers notes of citrus peel, wild clover honey, and lemon thyme. Excellent with goat cheese.
This Zweigelt and Saint Laurent blend is perfect - savory, with a nose complex beyond our expectations. Then on the palate it is vibrant, lively, and energized. This wine spends 8 months on the lees, bringing layers of depth and gorgeous aromatics. An absolute delight!
Of the 50 hectares owned by the family that runs Poderi Giordano, only five are dedicated to vines. That’s because this is truly a polyculture operation — for four generations, the family has raised dairy cows for Parmigiano Reggiano alongside native Lambrusco grapes. This wine is effervescent and velvety, making for a perfect pairing with the cheese created alongside it.
Not just “one of the oldest,” Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne; it goes as far back as 1584! They source their grapes almost entirely from premier cru and grand cru vineyards, with as much thought for what happens in the vineyard as what happens in the cellar. The peach and fresh strawberry notes of this rosé would pair perfectly with a rich foie gras.
Piollot Champagne Rose Extra Brut Les Protelles 2018
Pierre and Sophie Larmandier have been farming biodynamically in the chalky white landscape of the Côte des Blancs since the late 90s. They make precise and angular wine from 100% Chardonnay. Dreamy aromatics inspiring thoughts of Meyer lemons rolling down the beach in winter.
Waris Larmandier Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Particules Crayeuses NV
Old-fashioned Champagne houses often produce some of the best quality products, and Domaine Heidsieck is no different. Only using juice from the initial grape pressing, this Champagne is concentrated in flavor and body. Hints of brioche with a vivacious acidity make it age-worthy, but don’t let that stop you from popping it now.
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