Grapevine: Summer Sparklers

We’ve gathered three liquid sparklers from different wine regions of the world.

By John Farlow - July 2014

Estandon Brut Rose Méthode Traditionnelle “Fines Bulles”$35,
Constantine Wines

Like the Segura Viudas Cava, this wine is made with the same technique as Champagne, but yields a different result. Produced in Provence, it draws on the lustier red grapes of the region—Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah—for both its body and pink color. It’s full-flavored, with notes of cherry, blood orange, and thyme. Pairs well with salmon or even burgers.

Gemin Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV
$16, Grappoli Imports

There’s no shortage of fresh and lively examples of Prosecco, Italy’s national aperitif. The Gemin is classic, with plenty of pear and white-peach notes, but it’s also creamier, drier, and more interesting than many of its peers. Not as dry as the Aria, it will do better with mildly spicy things like wings or grilled sausages. Slap a few into a cooler, and you’ll soon forget about the July heat!

Segura Viudas Cava Estate
Brut NV “Aria” 
$15, Reliable Churchill

This bubbly hails from the Penedès region of Spain, just outside of Barcelona. The second fermentation (the one responsible for the bubbles) takes place in the bottle, just as in Champagne. The result is a sparkling wine with a creamy texture and plenty of finesse, with pretty tropical fruit tones and a clean, dry finish. If you’re grilling chicken or fish, this is the wine for you.

July 2014


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