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PAUL CHENEAU Offers Joy In A Bottle At Affordable Prices

PAUL CHENEAU

PENEDES, SPAIN

Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The Giró Ribot portfolio encompasses two distinct brands; Cava Paul Cheneau and Cava Masia Parera.

Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the Appellation d’Origine Penedès. This beautiful area of Catalonnia, halfway between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north by the spectacular and remarkable solid mass of Montserrat.


Paul Cheneau Reserva Brut Blanc de Blancs

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Elegant and affordable. Rivals true non-vintage Champagnes in food compatibility.

THE VINEYARD
Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The ancestors of the Giro Ribot family, a noble lineage, are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds which go back over several generations of wine, Cava and spirit producers. The symphonic nature of this
union has been key to the development of Paul Cheneau. The Paul Cheneau line can be best described as elegant Spanish sparkling Cavas with
French influence of styling. Paul Cheneau is classically traditional in their methods of production as well as in the grape varieties used.
HARVEST & AGEING
The winery owns 100 hectares of vineyards of the indigenous Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada grapes, with which Cavas are produced.
The harvest is hand picked in September/October. Wines destined for Cava will form part of the tirage mixture consisting of selected
yeasts and sugar which, once in the bottle will generate second fermentation in strict accordance with the Traditional Method. The first
fermentation is very slow and at low temperature in order to assist the generation of secondary aromas. It is only after a lengthy ageing period that the disgorgement of Paul Cheneau will take place releasing its aromas and bouquet to full satisfaction. Aged in bottle
for 2 years.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Straw-colored with greenish tints, and with a steady effervescence and a formation of small bubbles which generate a gentle crown.
Subtle and delicate, floral, with light toasty notes and recall of dry fruits. Touch of dried herbs. It is appetizing, fruity, well structured,
rich and mature in the mouth. A slightly toasted background flavor with pleasant traces of lees. Altogether elegant. Lingering and
strong.
Grape Varieties: 45% Macabeo, 40% Xarello and 15% Parellada
Appellation: D.O. Cava (Penédes)
Finished Alcohol: 12.0%

 

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Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Brut

Not just a pretty bottle. Fun in a glass, this delightful Cava is a bargain at an available retail price that will surprise you.. The colorful bottle belies the serious contents with its sprightly bubbles, excellent balance and abundance of fruit. Perfect for the holidays.

THE VINEYARD
Giro Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The ancestors of the Giro Ribot family, a noble lineage, are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds which go back over several generations of wine, Cava and spirit producers. The symphonic nature of this
union has been key to the development of Paul Cheneau. The Paul Cheneau line can be best described as elegant Spanish sparkling Cavas with
French influence of styling. Paul Cheneau is classically traditional in the methods of production as well as in the grape varieties used. Cava was
first introduced in 1872 and, by the turn of the century, cava was the wine of choice among the chic patrons of Barcelona’s elegant art nouveau cafes and cava bars. As a tribute to the fashionable ladies who made cava so popular, Paul Cheneau introduced the “Lady of Spain”.
HARVEST & AGEING
The winery owns 100 hectares of vineyards of the indigenous Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada grapes, with which Cavas are produced.
The harvest is hand picked in September/October. Wines destined for Cava will form part of the tirage mixture consisting of selected
yeasts and sugar which, once in the bottle will generate second fermentation in strict accordance with the Traditional Method. The first
fermentation is very slow and at low temperature in order to assist the generation of secondary aromas. It is only after a lengthy ageing period that the disgorgement of Paul Cheneau will take place releasing its aromas and bouquet to full satisfaction. Aged in bottle
for 12-15 months.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Pale color, translucent, with greenish tints, and with a steady effervescence and a formation of small bubbles which generate a gentle crown. Fine, delicate and very clean, with lightly toasted pastry notes and syrupy fruits. Fresh and fruity, well structured, crispy,
balanced carbonic and good persistence. Light recall to pastry and fresh fruits. Altogether elegant and lively. Perfect harmony
alcohol/acidity. Long after taste.
Grape Varieties: 45% Macabeo, 40% Xarello and 15% Parellada
Appellation: D.O. Cava (Penédes)
Finished Alcohol: 12.0%


Also enjoyed the Brut, Rose, and Demi Sec. You will too.


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J Vineyards Sets The Standard For California’s Finest Sparkling Wines.

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While no one can deny the fact that only France truly claims the right to call sparkling wines, grown in the Champagne district Champagne, sparklers around the world can be a viable alternative and in some cases, compete with their French cousins.

Such is the case of the following two from J Vineyards and Winery. Truth be told, the 2003 Late Disgorged Vintage Brut deserves mention with the finest Sparkling Wines California makes. Subtle, elegant, attention grabbing and gorgeous, it is worth its $90 price tag and would be a jewel in the crown of any New Years celebration.

The 2005 is not to be neglected. It too is a superb example is this vineyard’s class act at about half the cost.

Both can be ordered from the J Website by clicking here.

2003 J Vintage Brut, LD
The vineyards

The 2003 Russian River Valley growing season was a bit of a rollercoaster. Warm periods turned to weeks of cool fog, and a damp April gave way to a warm May. The late spring bloom pushed the harvest into September, which was a few weeks later than normal. Overall there was a favorable yield of grapes, proving once again that the Russian River Valley is exceptional terroir for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée (blend) was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, and then bottled in July of 2004.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the wine was aged on tiragefor seven years in our cellars. In early 2012, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of oak-aged reserve wine was added to balance acidity. An additional five months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

The 2003 J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut exhibits an enticing array of aromas, including toasted almond, citrus, caramel, and baked bread. A sophisticated mélange of pear and lime notes follow savory lemon and delicate cinnamon flavors. This wine is perfect for a Sunday brunch that might include strawberries with Meyer lemon curd and Cow Girl Creamery Red Hawk triple-cream cheese lightly spread over toasted cracked wheat bread.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 21 – September 4, 2003

WINE ALCOHOL:12.5% by volume

WINE ACID:8.3 grams per liter

WINE pH:3.14

RESIDUAL SUGAR:1.0%

FINAL BLEND:49% Pinot Noir, 49 % Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier

PRODUCTION:500 cas

SRP: $90


2005 J Vintage Brut
The vineyards

The 2005 Russian River Valley growing season was cooler than average, though July was a bit warmer. The cool weather delayed the sparkling wine harvest to mid-August, and a spike in temperatures gently pushed the grapes to their proper balance of pH and acidity.

Processing

All of the grapes were hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without de-stemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing. The juice was fermented and kept separately until the final blending decision, which took place in November. The cuvée was assembled the next month, cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates, then bottled in May of 2006.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the
wine was aged on tirage for nearly five years in our cellars. In early October 2011, the wine was carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment. Following disgorging, a dosage of barrel-aged reserve wine was added for balance. An additional three months of aging on the cork was added before release.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
I love the fine, persistent bubbles in this Vintage Brut. The 2005 vintage features luscious aromas of ripe citrus, pear, and honeysuckle. A noticeable yeasty brioche and butterscotch aroma lures you in for the first sip. Slight toasted almond characters add to the layers in the mouth with pear, taffy apple, and citrus flavors. An excellent balance of toast and rich fruit flavors is the hallmark of this vintage brut. It is the perfect apéritif or first-course accompaniment to a potato leek purée drizzled over curly endive with a dash of truffled caviar.

APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

HARVEST DATE:August 15 – September 16, 2005

FINAL BLEND:54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier

SRP: $48

 

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DEUTSCH FAMILY WINE & SPIRITS LAUNCHES ENZA, A DOC PROSECCO THAT EMBODIES THE SENSUALITY AND STYLE OF ITALY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits (Deutsch Family), a leading marketer of award-winning wines and spirits from around the world, announced today that it is proud to introduce Enza Prosecco, which will be available nationwide in the U.S. starting December 2012.

Enza Prosecco, which will retail at $14.99 a bottle, is made from only the finest Prosecco DOC grapes from the heart of Italy’s Treviso region, offering unparalleled quality at a competitive price point. Enza brings a fresh new approach to sparkling wine with packaging that evokes the quintessentially Italian elements of style and sensuality, appealing to both men and women.  The elegant packaging and competitive price point make Enza an ideal choice for consumers looking for a combination of value, quality and style in today’s challenging economy.

Prosecco is one of Italy’s symbols of good-taste and sophistication. Enza embodies the style and grace of Italy, from its elegant label to its unique taste with sensual hints of honey and tropical fruit.

Enza Prosecco is the ideal choice to add a sophisticated sparkle to holiday entertaining. Enza gives every occasion Italian style and flair for turning even the casual holiday party into a stylish and refined gathering.  The festive packaging and refreshing taste profile make it the perfect sparkling to toast the holiday season.

“When we developed the brand, we wanted to create the image of sophistication and style, that is synonymous with Italy. We are delighted with the fun and fiery design that truly brings Enza to life,” stated Renato Reyes, Deutsch Family Chief Marketing Officer.

Enza is produced by the Soligo cooperative, established in 1957, in collaboration with the Pozzi family. The Soligo cooperative has been family owned for three generations and represents families of growers in the Prosecco DOC region who share a passion for Prosecco and their region.

Enza Prosecco is a refreshing sparkling wine with hints of honeysuckle, green apple, and peach with a note of citrus. It is crisp and light with just a touch of fruit sweetness.

A delight for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just an aperitif or family dinner.

 

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About Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits: Initially called W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd., the company was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major wine regions of the world. In 2009, it announced the expansion of the award-winning company to include a Spirits Portfolio. Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits’ brands are sold to the trade with well-planned marketing support and are offered to U.S. consumers at fair market prices. Today, the company is renowned for its brand building prowess and its ability to meet the needs of the modern consumer. Bill’s son Peter Deutsch is CEO; this two generations of the Deutsch family work side by side in their continuous quest to build strong brands and relationships throughout the wine and spirits industry.

The portfolio includes award-winning wines from Australia: [ yellow tail ], [ yellow tail ] The Reserve, [ yellow tail] Bubbles; California: Girard Winery, Windsor Sonoma, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate, Joseph Carr, Josh Cellars, Flirt; The Calling; France: André Lurton, Georges Duboeuf, Hob Nob Vineyards, Patch Block, Sauvion et Fils, Vidal Fleury; Italy: Barone Fini, Lionello Marchesi, Villa Pozzi, Enza Prosecco; New Zealand: The Crossings, Nine Walks; Portugal: Quinta Do Vale Meao; Spain: Mar De Frades, Cruz de Alba, Ramón Bilbao Vinos Y Vinedo, and Volteo ; Chile: Llai Llai; Argentina: Ruta 22, and award-winning spirits from LANDY Cognac (France), LUKSUSOWA Vodka (Poland), The Original MOONSHINE® and Adult Beverage Company (USA), VILLA MASSA® Limoncello (Italy) and LICOR 43® (Spain). www.deutschfamily.com


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J Vineyards & Winery Launches Brut Rose in Sleek, Sexy New Package. Absolutely Lush and Exciting

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Coinciding with its 25th Anniversary Celebration, J Vineyards & Winery has introduced a non-vintage Brut Rose sparkling wine in a sleek, sexy new clear bottle. The bottle features a distinctive black version of its iconic brushstroke J logo.

"After a quarter century of crafting luxury wines, we still love introducing new wines and new packaging," said Judy Jordan, Founder and President of J Vineyards & Winery. "The eye-popping, rich, pink salmon hue of this pinot noir-based sparkling wine is now on full display for all to see.  It’s a real treat."

Although limited in production, the J Brut Rose can be found on many fine dining wine lists and independent retail stores throughout the country.  To find a retail store near you, or to purchase the wine directly, go to www.jwine.com.

TASTING NOTES

  • 100% Russian River Valley cool-climate grapes
  • 64% Pinot Noir; 34% Chardonnay; 2% Pinot Meunier
  • Traditional saignee methode champenoise techniques
  • Limited production, sleek new clear glass package
  • Elegant aromas of wild strawberry, nectarine, and fresh cut apples
  • Flavors of cherry, blood orange, citrus peel, and tropical fruit
  • The first thing you have to notice is the sexy bottle and the seductive wine color that grabs you. After that, when you’re tasting the wine, you think…crisp, red berries, blood orange, lemon peel, concentrated flavors, perfect balance, effervescent, elegant, and can I have another glass. For me, this wine is great with fruit or Hog Island oysters. Or a perfect way to start an evening out with friends.

    APPELLATION:Russian River Valley

    WINE ALCOHOL:12.5% by volume

    WINE ACID:7.3 grams per liter

    WINE pH:3.17

    RESIDUAL SUGAR:1.15%

    FINAL BLEND:64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier

    PRODUCTION:13,500

ABOUT J

Founded in 1986 by Judy Jordan, J Vineyards & Winery is an independently-owned Sonoma County winery.  The Winery is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.

J Vineyards & Winery focuses on non-vintage Brut, Vintage Brut, and Brut Rose sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris Estate varietal wines, all produced from grapes farmed primarily within Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley appellation.

The J Vineyards & Winery Visitor Center and Bubble Room is located at 11447 Old Redwood Highway, south of Healdsburg. To learn more, or to join the J Wine Club, go to www.jwine.com

California’s Best Sparklers: The Walman Report

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La Marca’s Prosecco Spumante Is A Sparkling Star

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Founded more than 40 years ago, La Marca® is a winery cooperative representing over 5,000 winegrowers who farm over 17,000 acres in the area of Treviso, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. The name “La Marca” refers to the zone of La Marca Trevigiana, source for the winery’s finest grapes. The winery’s headquarters are in the city of Oderzo, in the heart of Prosecco country. Consulting winemaker for La Marca® Prosecco is Fabrizo Gatto.

Tradition at La Marca® runs hand in hand with modern winemaking techniques, all with an eye to the changing demands of the international market for wine.

La Marca® is particularly proud of its fully sparkling Prosecco Spumante. Prosecco has been taking the international wine drinking public by storm. La Marca®’s Prosecco is a delicious, fragrant and fruity wine that is winning hearts and palates wherever sparkling wines are consumed.

Though relatively new to the international market, Prosecco production reflects a long history of painstaking grape growing and winemaking in its unique region.

The hills of Treviso provide unique soils and microclimates that are perfect for the Prosecco grape (the grape and the wine have the same name). La Marca® adds to that perfection by expertly creating the base wines for their Prosecco and then gently adding effervescence through the Charmat process, the ideal way to protect the wine’s delicate aromatics and delightfully light texture. La Marca® Prosecco is a versatile sparkler, a delight on its own as an aperitif, and for any (and every) special occasion. The wine has the substance and energetic acidity to match a wide range of foods and cuisines: Italian of course, but try it with Thai cuisine, a solid American barbecue, or light appetizers.

Although sold under a single brand, La Marca® Prosecco represents the work, the skill, and the traditions of literally thousands of Italian winegrowers and wine workers who remain dedicated to upholding the traditions and quality standards of their region’s own unique wine.

La Marca® 2008 Prosecco Spumante

Wine Description:

Prosecco Spumante is a fully sparkling wine made in Northern Italy from the Prosecco grape. Prosecco is characterized by light and delicate fruit and floral aromatics, relatively low alcohol levels, and a friendly mouthfeel. Prosecco is best consumed soon after production while it still retains its youthful fruitiness and stimulating acidity.

Winemaking Notes:

The La Marca® 2008 Prosecco is produced from 100% Prosecco grapes, harvested in early September 2008, sourced from hundreds of small vineyards throughout the region. The grapes were crushed immediately after harvest before being pressed in gentle membrane presses. The juice was allowed to cold-settle before the initial fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 59-65º F. The still wine underwent aging on the lees prior to a secondary fermentation using the Charmat process at a temperature of 59 º F.

Tasting Notes:

This fully sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers.  The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.

Recommended Cuisine:

La Marca® Prosecco has the charm to stand alone as an aperitif, but it also has the body and the acidity to match well with a range of fragrant and spicy dishes. Try it with seafood, mild cheeses and any tomato-rich dish, or even with fruit-based desserts.

A bottle of charm. You’re going to like this one!

Finished Wine:
Varietal Content: 100% Prosecco
Varietal Origin: IGT Veneto
Alcohol: 11.30% by vol.
Residual Sugar:   1.7 g/100ml
Total Acidity: .58 g/100ml
pH: 3.2

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Valdo Rose Brut Is An Affordable Charmer

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THE VINEYARD
Valdo’s Philosophy: “Prosecco” is the distinguishing factor on the regional level- refined aromas, balance and overall quality are the key features Valdo
focuses on to produce unique and unrivalled products. 

Valdo was started in 1926 by the Societa Anonima Vini Superiori & purchased by The Bolla Family in the 1940’s. Over 80 years of continuous
innovation with an ongoing quest for quality and devotion to respecting the vineyards & wine-making traditions of the region.

The Spumante Rosé is created from the perfect blend of two typical Italian vines, the Sicilian black berry Nerello Mascalese, from Sambuca Sicily in the province of Argiento which is 300 meters above sea level, and Glera, the fruity grapes from the Veneto region in the province of Treviso at 80 meters above sea level.  The vineyard that grows the Nerello Mascalese has clay and limestone soil and the Glera vineyard is alluvial clay. 

HARVEST & AGEING
Harvest takes place during the end of August and the first half of September.  After the grapes are selected there is a soft pressing of red
grapes which are not left in contact with the skins for maceration. The wine goes through the Charmat method for 3 months in steel tanks.

The color is like scarlet brush strokes on rose petals.  The bouquet has fine and elegant blossoms, with a consistent presence of raspberry. The palate has a tickling fine perlage of minute bubbles; pleasant round warm flavor with a charming fruity aroma.  The whirlwind of sensations generated by this excellent Rosé wine from the Valdo expertise, is pure delight.

Yields:  Nerello Mascalese : 10,000 kg/ha Glera: 15,000 kg/ha
Grape Varieties: Nerello Mascalese, Glera
Finished Alcohol: 12%

Delightful with roast pork or just to sip. SRP: Under $15.

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Paul Cheneau Cava “Lady of Spain

GIRÓ RIBOT
Penedes, Spain

 

Fun in a glass, this delightful Cava is a bargain at an available retail price of around$ 10.99 a bottle. The colorful bottle belies the serious contents with its sprightly bubbles, excellent balance and abundance of fruit. Perfect for the holidays.

Giró Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The Giró Ribot portfolio encompasses two distinct brands; Cava Paul Cheneau and Cava Masia Parera.

Giró Ribot is situated at the heart of the Appellation d’Origine Penedès. This beautiful area of Catalonnia, halfway between the cities of Barcelona and Tarragona, is bordered to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and to the north by the spectacular and remarkable solid mass of Montserrat.

THE VINEYARD
Giro Ribot is Spain’s preeminent family owned and operated producer of Cava. The ancestors of the Giro Ribot family, a noble lineage,
are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds which go back over several generations of wine, Cava and spirit producers. The symphonic nature of this union has been key to the development of Paul Cheneau. The Paul Cheneau line can be best described as elegant
Spanish sparkling Cavas with French influence of styling. Paul Cheneau is classically traditional in the methods of production as well as in
the grape varieties used. Cava was first introduced in 1872 and, by the turn of the century, cava was the wine of choice among the chic
patrons of Barcelona’s elegant art nouveau cafes and cava bars.  As a tribute to the fashionable ladies who made cava so popular, Paul
Cheneau introduced the “Lady of Spain”. 
HARVEST & AGEING
The winery owns 100 hectares of vineyards of the indigenous Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada grapes, with which Cavas are produced.
The harvest is hand picked in September/October.  Wines destined for Cava will form part of the tirage mixture consisting of selected
yeasts and sugar which, once in the bottle will generate second fermentation in strict accordance with the Traditional Method.  The first
fermentation is very slow and at low temperature in order to assist the generation of secondary aromas.  It is only after a lengthy ageing
period that the disgorgement of Paul Cheneau will take place releasing its aromas and bouquet to full satisfaction.  Aged in bottle for 12-
15 months.
WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Pale color, translucent, with greenish tints, and with a steady effervescence and a formation of small bubbles which generate a gentle
crown.  Fine, delicate and very clean, with lightly toasted pastry notes and syrupy fruits.  Fresh and fruity, well structured, crispy, balanced carbonic and good persistence. Light recall to pastry and fresh fruits. Altogether elegant and lively. Perfect harmony alcohol/acidity.   Long after taste.
Grape Varieties:  45% Macabeo, 40% Xarello and 15% Parellada
Appellation:  D.O. Cava (Penédes)
Finished Alcohol: 12.0

 

Pasternak Wine Imports .  (800) 946-3110 www.pasternakwine.com


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Trapiche Sparkling Still Amazes The Second Time Around.

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We reviewed this sparkler as part of a group sometime ago and tasted another bottle recently. At a SRP: of $14.99, it is lively, well balanced and a winner. It surpassed a big-name French Champagne we tasted that was “green” by comparison and not as food friendly. This Trapiche extra brut sparkling chardonnay, semillon and malbec blend is a tribute to Argentinean winemaking.

Established in 1883, Trapiche is the world’s leading producer of wines from Argentina. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Argentina’s viticultural epicenter Mendoza; Trapiche owns over 2,500 acres of vineyards spread throughout the region. With near perfect growing conditions – hot days, cool nights, scant rainfall and tightly controlled irrigation – Trapiche is able to consistently grow and source top quality fruit.. International style, fruit driven and represent the best of Argentina.

Summary

The Varietal series from Trapiche are hand-harvested varietal wines that provide fresh, pure flavors at extremely affordable prices. Each of the wines is bottled in its purest form with no oak aging and a minimal handling in the winery.
Terroir: The Trapiche Varietal selections are sourced from select vineyards that lie along the Mendoza River east of Mendoza high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The vineyards sit in sandy soils at elevations that reach up to 2,500 feet in elevation. Harvesting and vineyard maintenance is done entirely by hand.
Vinification: Following harvest the grapes are transported to the winery where they are destemmed and vinified at cool temperatures for a period of 10-15 days to extract color, aroma and ripe fruit flavors. To retain varietal character and freshness the wines are aged for a short period of time entirely in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. The second fermentation employs the “Charmat Lungo” method in small 50 hectoliter tanks at 14°C. The wine stays in contact with the lees for 120 days prior to bottling.

Notes

Trapiche Sparkling is a fresh, clean and vibrant sparkling wine showing off flavors or apple, pear, melon and citrus

70% Chardonnay, 20% Semillon and 10% Malbec. SRP: $14.99


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4 Great Sparkling Wines From Frederick Wildman Sons

For The Best Parties in Town or That Special Mother’s Day, Wildman’s Portfolio Always Enchants

 

 

Maison JJ Vincent (NV) SRP: $19.99

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Maison JJ Vincent produces a range of wines made with the same care and expertise as those made at the Vincent’s historic domaine, Château Fuissé.

Made primarily from grapes sourced from Mâconnais and cru Beaujolais vineyards owned by members of Jean-Jacques Vincent’s family, these wines are of extremely high quality and represent remarkable value. Maison JJ Vincent wines are both lovely and approachable wines for immediate consumption and a great introduction to the Château Fuissé realm of great wines

Summary

"The selection for this sparkler – Crémant de Bourgogne comes from vinyards situated south of Burgundy. The vineyard soils are composed of limestone, clay and pebbles and are situated in the cooler areas. The grapes are hand-picked at the early stage of the harvest in order to preserve the mineral character and the acidity. These elements will allow freshness and crispy aromas once bottled.
The word "Crémant" was originally used in reference to "Champagne demi-mousse" which is a lower pressured Champagne. The pressure difference was 5 bar instead of 6,5 to 7 bar. The actual vinification or elaboration of the Crémant called the "méthode traditionnelle" corresponds to the "méthode champenoise" and produces a pressure of 6,5 bar in the bottle."

Notes

"From the Chardonnay grapes this sparkler allies freshness, body and smoothness. The Crémant Brut is dry and offers fine bubbles (1,5Million/30 minutes – we counted them but you do not have to believe me for this!), hints of flowers at the nose, crisp and fruity on the palate. It is a great Classic for all festive occasions

From sipping to food, (especially desserts) you’ll like the delicate balance, fresh floral hints and gentle price.

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Lamberti Rosé Spumante Veneto VSAQ : NV SRP:13.99

Established in 1964, The House of Lamberti stands on the shores of Lake Garda in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Named after one of Verona’s oldest families, whose name graces the famous tower in the city’s Piazza delle Erbe, this innovative winery is credited with having re-vitalized classic wines from this area, adapting them to consumption trends. From the vineyards of the Veneto, the estate crafts a range of “New Italian Classics,” brilliant, elegant and approachable wines that combine tradition with a modern style that’s very popular today. “Lamberti is a champion of wines with impressive quality that are approachable in price.” — GAMBERO ROSSO’S ALMANACO DEL BEREBENE 2006 (GUIDE TO DRINKING WELL) “Lamberti occupies a leading position in the highly prestigious wine-producing area of Verona. Innovation and a focus on premium quality wines are key to this success.” — ITALIAN SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION (A.I.S.) GUIDA DUEMILAVINI 2007 “Lamberti is a historic winery celebrated for being the first to understand the needs of an evolving wine market and to have found the right formula to re-launch and bring prestige back to the classic wines of the Veneto region.” — LUCA MARONI, VINI ITALIANI 2008 Throughout the property are many Santepietre, or “Holy Stones,” traditional, low, stone walls that divide many old vineyards found in the Veneto. These walls were built with stones from nearby Lake Garda.

Summary

Pinot Bianco, Pinot Nero and Raboso fruit is sourced from the best hillside vineyards across Treviso in the Veneto. Red fruit is vinified with the saigné method. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in closed pressure tanks via the Charmat method to obtain a fine mousse.

Notes

The wine has powerful aromas of flowers and bananas, with fresh and fruity flavors.

refreshing and produced by the Charmat method, where secondary fermentation takes place in tanks,

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trapiche Established in 1883, Trapiche is the world’s leading producer of wines from Argentina. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Argentina’s viticultural epicenter Mendoza; Trapiche owns over 2,500 acres of vineyards spread throughout the region. With near perfect growing conditions – hot days, cool nights, scant rainfall and tightly controlled irrigation – Trapiche is able to consistently grow and source top quality fruit.. International style, fruit driven and represent the best of Argentina.

Summary

The Varietal series from Trapiche are hand-harvested varietal wines that provide fresh, pure flavors at extremely affordable prices. Each of the wines is bottled in its purest form with no oak aging and a minimal handling in the winery.
Terroir: The Trapiche Varietal selections are sourced from select vineyards that lie along the Mendoza River east of Mendoza high in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The vineyards sit in sandy soils at elevations that reach up to 2,500 feet in elevation. Harvesting and vineyard maintenance is done entirely by hand.
Vinification: Following harvest the grapes are transported to the winery where they are destemmed and vinified at cool temperatures for a period of 10-15 days to extract color, aroma and ripe fruit flavors. To retain varietal character and freshness the wines are aged for a short period of time entirely in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. The second fermentation employs the “Charmat Lungo” method in small 50 hectoliter tanks at 14°C. The wine stays in contact with the lees for 120 days prior to bottling.

Notes

Trapiche Sparkling is a fresh, clean and vibrant sparkling wine showing off flavors or apple, pear, melon and citrus

70% Chardonnay, 20% Semillon and 10% Malbec. SRP: $14.99

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Pol Roger Brut Reserve “White Foil”NV)

SRP: $47

The Pol Roger family takes extreme pride in over 160 years producing some of the worlds finest Champagne. Founded in 1849, Pol Roger is one of only a few Grande Marque Champagne houses that remains family owned and operated.

Pol Roger owns close to 50% of the vineyards used for their Champagne production, a true rarity in this region of large firms. Using strict guidelines, grapes are sourced exclusively from 1er and Grand Cru vineyards that rate at an average of 95 points on the Échelle des Crus classification system. Prior to final blending each lot is aged on its own, separated by village, vineyard, grower and grape variety. Once blended, each bottle of Champagne Pol Roger is hand riddled in the cellars deep below the Epernay chateau.

"Pol Roger is the ‘gentlemen’s’ Champagne, as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in ‘Voyage en Champagne". It is not surprising, therefore, that Winston Churchill, and even the British royal family should have made it their favorite over the years. This refinement reflects a whole lifestyle. It is also a source of infinite pleasure. Pol Roger Champagne has a soul, created by the union of a family’s spirit and the character of a vineyard."

Summary

It is common knowledge that the true quality of a Champagne house is best judged by the consistency and quality of their non-vintage wine. This is where the true "house style" is defined and executed year in/ year out. Pol Roger is a firm believer in this philosophy and takes extreme pride in their "White Foil" Brut.
Terroir: The "White Foil" is sourced from top quality vineyards in Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir), Vallee de al Marne and Petite Valle d’Epernay (Pinot Meunier) and the Cote des Blancs (Chardonnay).

Vinification Pol Roger "White Foil" is traditionally a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir (body and depth), Pinot Meunier (freshness and vigorous fruit) and Chardonnay (elegance and finesse) and is sourced exclusively from juice from the "cuvee" (first pressing). The still wines are fermented in stainless steel at a cool 45°f to retain freshness. Each final blend contains a minimum of two vintages with the youngest components being a minimum of three years old. Average dosage for the "White Label" is 12g per liter.
Available in 375ml, 750ml, and 1.5L sizes. For larger sizes please contact your local sales representative.

Notes

33% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier.

Pale gold with a very fine bead; flowery, delicately toasty aroma with fruit and complexity; creamy, beautifully balanced with a dry, harmonious finish. Bread and Brioche aromas with citrus notes. A spectacular sipper.

Perfect with almonds, oysters, caviar and throughout the meal.

One of the world’s great non-vintage Champagnes! Wine On Line Rating: A Major

 

 

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Affordable Sparklers From J: J Cuvée 20 and J Brut Rosé

Two delightful choices for the holidays, this California duo will please you.

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J Cuvée 20 Brut NV

The non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in a J Cuvée 20 mignonette.

 

The vineyards

Celebrating twenty years of winemaking excellence, J Cuvée 20 proudly displays an exceptional, stylish assemblage from the finest cool-climate vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley.

Processing

All grapes at J are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing cycle. Grape juice from the various vineyard lots is fermented and kept separately until blending decisions are made in mid-November. The cuvée (blend) was assembled and cold stabilized to remove excess tartrates and then bottled in the spring. The cuvée included 25% oak cask aged non-vintage wines that were carefully selected for this blend.

Aging

After the secondary fermentation occurred in the bottle, the wines aged for more than three years in our cool cellar. The wines were carefully riddled to remove the yeast sediment responsible for the aging character. Following disgorging, a dosage liqueur of reserve wine and pure cane sugar was added to balance the wine. An additional six months of aging on the cork before release ensured a perfect balance of flavors.

Tasting Notes

The non-vintage J Cuvée 20 Brut gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The mid-palate is interlaced with toast, caramel and almond flavors. The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering, warm pear and lush finish. This wine pairs beautifully with a Kumamoto oyster topped with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar in a J Cuvée 20 mignonette.

Winemaker:George Bursick

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Wine Alcohol:Alcohol 12.5% by volume

Wine Acid:8.60 grams per liter

Wine pH:3.07

Residual Sugar:1.50%

Final Blend:49% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir, 2% Pinot Meunier

Production:22,800 cases

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J Brut Rosé NV


This lovely, shimmering cool pink wine comes from our cool Russian River Valley estates. The round, fresh fruit characters and gentle acidity carry over the long finish, for an effect as engaging as the most lively conversation

J Brut Rosé NV

This delicious bubbly wine takes its cool pink hue from Pinot Noir grapes grown in our Russian River Valley estate vineyards. Delicate floral aromas of jasmine and lilac mingle with ripe cherry character, and notes of vanilla, cream, and toast round out the complex aromas and flavors. Grapes are hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed in our Coquard press. After secondary fermentation, the wine ages in-bottle, with its yeasts, for three years, then undergoes riddling, dosage, and disgorging. Six additional months of aging prior to release ensures perfectly balanced characters

The vineyards

The grapes for our Brut Rosé were selected from J’s Estate Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyards yield a balanced crop of clean, flavorful grapes that exhibit bright, lush aromas.

Processing

All grapes for our J Brut Rosé are hand-harvested into small quarter-ton bins and placed as whole clusters, without destemming, into our special Coquard press for a gentle pressing cycle.

Aging

After secondary fermentation in the bottle, the wines aged for an average of 36 months in our cool cellars. Dosage was made from a blend of wood-aged, reserve wines and pure cane sugar. The wine is aged for another six months before release from our cellars.

Tasting Notes

This J Brut Rosé sparkles with a luminous cool pink hue and exudes delicate aromas of strawberry, nectarine and juicy red apples. On the palate, the wine opens with flavors of cherry, blood orange, citrus peel and tropical star fruit that are underlined by a bright acidity that keeps the overall impression delightfully fresh. The wine engages the entire palate with balance, wrapped in a refined body of elegance and effervescence, ending with a lively and lingering finish.

Winemaker:George Bursick

Appellation:Russian River Valley

Wine Alcohol:Alcohol 12% by volume

Wine Acid:8.0 grams per liter

Wine pH:3.13

Residual Sugar:1.25%

Final Blend:56% Pinot Noir, 44%

 

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