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Bubbles to Ring In the New Year

Bubbles to Ring In the New Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year: Champagne season!   And while the French sparkling wine is a classic for a reason, consider trying a different sort of bubbly as you spend this week making merry at parties and ringing in the New Year.   So, I present for your consideration:   Cava is Spain’s […]

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Fizzy Fun for the Holiday Season

Fizzy Fun for the Holiday Season

Let the festivities begin! The Thanksgiving holiday starts off weeks of merriment punctuated by twinkling lights, sparkly dresses, epic feasts and large amounts of presents, culminating in a raucous celebration to welcome the New Year.   Sparkling wine is the unofficial beverage of this season, and why not? The bubbles perfectly capture the season’s joy […]

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Still More Sparklers...

Still More Sparklers…

Several other sparklers stood out during the tasting, including three from Italy and one from Austria:   Cantine del Taburno Aglianico Rosé Extra Dry NV Aglianico is a red grape that makes some pretty stunning dry red wine, so it’s not much of a surprise that this bubbly iteration is GOOD! It’s gorgeous with notes […]

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American Bubbly

American Bubbly

Without question, some of this country’s best sparkling wine comes from New Mexico.   Surprised?   Don’t get me wrong – California makes some smashing bubbly.  But for an unbeatable combination of quality and value, the sparkling wines from Gruet, an estate some 150 miles south of Albuquerque, really deliver.   I tasted through their […]

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Making Champagne

Making Champagne

First off, let’s get one thing straight: All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.   In order to be called Champagne, two criteria must be met. First, the wine must be produced in a specific, legally defined region of northern France. Second, the secondary fermentation that gives the wine its […]

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