Category: Sparkling Wines

Louis Bouillot Blanc de Blancs NV

Quiz for the day: When is sparkling wine from France not considered Champagne? I’m sure that many of you sleuths know the answer to today’s pop quiz, which of course is when the sparkling wine in question is sourced from a region other than Champagne! A great example of the non-Champagne sparkler is the Louis Bouillot Blanc de Blancs NV, a Cremant from the region of Burgundy, France. As its name implies, the Louis Bouillot Blanc de Blancs NV is made entirely of Chardonnay grapes from the world-famous Burgundy region. After all, you have to get Chardonnay grapes from somewhere, so it might as well be northern Burgundy near the region of Chablis!

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV–The Real Deal

While we are on a bubbles roll, there is nothing like the original. A remarkable example from Epernay, France in Champagne is the Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV. The Perrier Jouet is a Pinot Noir blend that exhibits the classic Champagne characteristics of toast, citrus and a touch of honey with delightful tiny bubbles. Effervescent with a delightfully dry finish, the Perrier sparkler will never disappoint your crowd, whether a holiday party or small gathering with friends.

Piper Sonoma Brut Sonoma County Select Cuvee–Your New Year’s Eve Bubbly

With New Year’s Eve (a/k/a Amateur Night) just around the corner, a wine sleuth may be on the lookout for a reasonably priced, high quality domestic sparkling wine. Here’s a thought for your consideration–shag a couple of bottles of the delicious Piper Sonoma Brut Sonoma County Select Cuvee NV. Reasonably priced at an $18 suggested retail, the Piper Sonoma Brut NV is comfortably priced at $10 or so below fair-to-middling Champagne.

Classic Bubbly from Reims!

The Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV features a satisfying toasty finish with the telltale tiny bubbles that give its drinker a smooth, balanced mouthful. Never harsh, yet retaining a touch of crisp acidity, the Piper-Heidsieck has been a house favorite for several years.

Value Wine: Pink Bubbles from Spain

I recommend the Jaume Serra Brut Rose Cava Cristalino NV, available for a terrific bargain at $10.  Although Roses and other blush wines have not yet caught on…

Value Wine: A Worthy Sparkler from…New Mexico?

I have a treat for you this month: bubbles from the great state of New Mexico from a family of French immigrants who know Champagne, the Gruet Brut…

Value Wine: Holiday Blues Sparkler

My suggestion for the holiday sparkler this month is a high-quality Cava from Spain’s Segura Viudas: the NV (non-vintage) Brut Reserva, an estate bottled wine. The Segura Viudas…

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