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Bubbly Wine Clubgerard_bertrand_cuvee_thomas_jefferson_BottleGérard Bertrand
Thomas Jefferson
Cremant de Limoux Brut
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Chenin and Chardonnay grapes bring texture and balance, with the Chardonnay also providing the fine bubbles. The Chenin adds vivacity and enhances the impressive longevity of the Cremant. This wine reveals a beautiful, golden yellow robe. It has a complex, aromatic nose with hints of white flower, honey, green apple and toast. It is crisp with elegant structure on the palate, where the fine texture of the bubbles complements the wine naturally.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir, Mauzac
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux, France
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or with goat’s cheese (Cabecou, Pelardon, Rocamadour), and sweet desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested early by hand, in order to retain a good level of acidity. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. The must is transferred to the vats for alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wines. The wine is then transferred to sealed bottles for fermentation, in accordance with the champagne method. To finish, the winemakers will disgorge the bottles and perform the traditional dosage, which is very precise in order to keep a real freshness and wine balance.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Limoux is the area where sparkling wine originated. In 1531, the monks of Saint Hilaire discovered the first wine with bubbles. Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, these vineyards benefit from the cool conditions required to make sparkling wines of quality. This exceptional quality had even found an echo across the Atlantic at the White House. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson, was Limoux’ greatest admirer, and he discretely cultivated his love for France and for Limoux sparkling wine. Actually, wine from Limoux was the only sparkling wine to be found in his personal cellar. –  Gérard Bertrand Winery


gerard_bertrand_cremant_rose_825Gérard Bertrand
Heritage Cremant de Limoux
An 825 Brut Rosé
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This wine is beautiful, salmon-pink in color with glimmering reflections. The nose has a complex bouquet with long-lasting aromas of red fruit (such as strawberry and raspberry), backed with hints of toasted bread. The bubbles are delicate with an extraordinary vivacity on the palate, with a rich, indulgent texture.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux.
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Perfect served as an aperitif, or accompanied with delicately smoked fish, both savory, sweet or spicy dishes, or even with red fruit desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested when their acid-sugar balance reach their best. The fruit is transferred to the winery and immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. In addition to the reinforcement of the perception of freshness and balance, the dosage is very precise. The Pinot Noir grapes are not macerated, in order to preserve their color. The must is transferred to the vats for an alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wine. After the malolactic fermentation in the vats, the wine is blended and then transferred to the barrels to mature for 8 months.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Gérard Bertrand reveals the history of the great terroirs of the South of France. The first written trace of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire date back to 825. The Abbey is located near Limoux and is famous for having housed the monks who discovered the secrete of effervescent wines. Gérard Bertrand Winery

ABOUT GÉRARD BERTRAND WINERY:
Now in the fourth generation of winegrowers, in 1987 Gérard Bertrand took over the family business at Domain d Villemajou after the unexpected death of his father. Five years later, Gérard founded the Gérard Bertrand wine company to develop a range of wines from the South of France. Today, the Gérard Bertrand group is comprised of 15 different wine estates. Since 2002, Gérard Bertrand has been committed to biodynamic viticulture, as it allows him to reinforce the balance of the vine and its environment. Learn more about his story here.

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September Bubbly Club Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubGran Passione_RoseGran Passione
Prosecco DOC Rosé (NV)
Veneto, Italy

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Prosecco DOC Rosé has a fine, bright perlage and is light rose in color. The nose has a delicate and complex bouquet with fruity notes and hints of peach, green apple and lemon. There are also hints of floral notes of acacia and rose on the nose. It is fresh and light on the palate, with balanced acidity and body. This wine has a round and full-bodied structure; it is intriguing on the palate, dry and soft, with a pleasantly long finish.

Varieties: Glera, Pinot Nero
Analysis:
11% alcohol / volume
Region: Veneto, Italy
Soil:
Clay
Serving Temperature: 46.4ºF-50ºF
Pairing Recommendations: Enjoy as an aperitif or with fish soups, grilled fish, and courses based on mushrooms.

VINIFICATION:
After a team of oenologists select the best wines for the sparkling winemaking process, the wine is filtered in steel tanks, with the addition of must and selected yeasts, for the second fermentation (Martinotti-Charmat method) at a controlled temperature of 57.2ºF-59ºF. Once the wine has reached the required pressure levels, alcohol and sugar content, it is refrigerated, cold stabilized (28.4ºF-26.6ºF), filtered and controlled before bottling.

VENETO REGION:
This climate is temperate. Mitigated by the sea, the chain of the Alps protects the region from the northern winds. Winters are cold and humid, and summers are hot and muggy with medium temperature variations.

ABOUT GRAN PASSIONE:
“Gran Passione”, meaning “great passion” creates wines that express the hard work and traditions of the land and combines those with a cosmopolitan vision to celebrate life, beauty and happiness. Their wines come from Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia – two of the most (arguably) important Italian regions for viticulture and excellent wines. Learn more about their concept here.

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BiancaVigna_Cuvee 1931BiancaVigna
Spumante Rosa (Brut Rosé)
NV Cuveé 1931
Veneto, Italy

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

Salmon pink in color, this sparkling wine is an intriguing blend of the typical Prosecco variety Glera and Pinot Nero. A very fine and persistent perlage opens to ethereal perfumes of spring flowers, orchard fruit and distinctive notes of red berries, enhanced by a delicate hint of aromatic herbs. The fresh and silky palate reveals rich fruit (white peach, cherry) to conclude in a refined finish with bright acidity.

Varieties: 95% Glera, 5% Pinot Noir
Analysis:
11.5% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.3
Acidity:
6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar:
10 g/L
Region:
Veneto, Italy
Vineyard:
Soglio, Veneto
Soil: Clay
Yield: 60 hl/ha
Harvest: Hand harvest in Mid-September
Aging: In stainless steel tanks on lees
Vinification: Secondary fermentation for 45 days in stainless steel tanks, with the addition of yeast and sugar
Cellar: San Pietro di Feletto
Production: 2,000 cs
Critical Acclaim:
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast “Editor’s Choice”; 90 pts. Vinous Media


BiancaVigna_Prosecco DOCBiancaVigna
Prosecco Brut NV DOC
Veneto, Italy

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This Prosecco DOC is a well-balanced, fresh and bright wine, whose medium-body and clean finish make it a refreshing summer beverage or ideal choice for an aperitif. Aromas and flavors of sliced green apples and pears are complimented by a more mineral note of slate.

Varieties: 100% Glera
Analysis:
11.5% alcohol / volume
Acidity:
6.8 g/L
Residual Sugar:
12 g/L
Region:
Veneto, Italy
Vineyard:
Monticella and San Pietro di Feletto (Conegliano/Valdobbiadene)
Soil: Chalky
Age of Vines: 11 years (Monticella), 25 years (San Pietro di Feletto)
Average Altitude: 300-490 feet above sea level
Yield: 60 hl/ha
Harvest: Mid-September
Aging:
Stainless steel vats
Vinification: Secondary fermentation with selected yeasts, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (cuvée close) for a minimum of 60 days followed by tartaric stabilization at low temperature in stainless steel tanks on lees
Bottling: Isobaric bottling after sterile filtration
Cellar: San Pietro di Feletto
Release: December
Production: 8,333 cases per year
First Vintage: 2007
Critical Acclaim:
91 pts. Vinous Media; 90 pts. – Vinous Media (2020); 90 pts. – James Suckling; 90 pts. – Falstaff Magazine; 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast

ABOUT BIANCAVIGNA:
The Moschetta family has a history of grape growing, dating back over a century cultivating grapes from the historic vineyards in the prestigious San Galla area. The family had always sold their grapes to the local cooperative and various wineries in the area. It wasn’t until 2004, Elena Moschetta (sister) and Enrico Moschetta (brother) team decided to combine Elena’s extensive business and managerial experience with Enrico’s 20+ years of expertise and familiarity with the vineyards and Prosecco wines, founding the BiancaVigna winery. Learn more about their history here.

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August Bubbly Club: Strandveld

Strandveld-Skaamgesiggie-Pinot_noir-sparklingStrandveld Vineyards
Skaamgesiggie
Pinot Noir Brut 
South Africa

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The delicate Cap Classique is made in the traditional method from Pinot Noir grapes. It highlights notes of strawberry, cherry and oyster shell and has a fine, lingering mousse that delights the palate.

The wine is named after the very rare and beautiful Protea pudens, affectionately known as the Skaamgesiggie or in English the “Bashful Sugarbush”, because of its unique downward hanging flowers. This shy Protea is endemic to the Strandveld. It is endangered and is categorized as a ‘red data’ species.

Analysis: 11.23% alcohol / volume
Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Residual Sugar: 6.1 g/L
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.27
Appellation: Elim, Cape Agulhas, South Africa
Bottling: En tirage for second fermentation on August 3, 2018. Disgorged August 16, 2019.
Pairing Recommendations: Oysters, salads, sushi, salmon, trout, duck breast or a yogurt dessert (recommended recipe below).

VINTAGE:
Winter of 2017 was one of the driest in the Western Cape in the last century; fortunately, the winter rains were within average range. The winery received very late cold fronts with icy rain in mid-September. The storm did extreme damage to the young shoots, so while they received water for irrigation, the price paid was the loss of half of their potential crop almost overnight. In late November, they had a further blow with a hail storm that caused more vineyard damage – resulting in the final harvest crop being on average a very low 3.5 ton/ha. The conditions during the rest of the growing season were moderate with cool, dry weather and the small crop was handled with care to make the most of it. The result was a small, concentrated vintage, comparable to 2015.

VINIFICATION:
Specially selected Pinot Noir grapes were harvested at 65.3ºF, and were cooled to 35.6ºF before being loaded whole bunch into the press for 5 hours with skin contact. Only the first 550l of juice per ton obtained from gentle pressing was used. The clear juice was cold fermented with selected year strains. After fermentation, the base wine was matured in 500L French oak barrels for 7 months. The base wine was then reinoculated with yeast and a small amount of sugar, then bottled under crown cap for a second fermentation.

ABOUT STRANDVELD VINEYARDS:
Driven by a deep passion for premium, quality wines, and the spirit of discovery, Strandveld refers to the coastal belt of land which straddles the coastline around Africa’s southernmost tip at Cape Agulhas – where the vineyard proudly stands. This confluence of maritime climate, varying sites and soil types creates the diversity of terroir that distinguishes their unique and remarkably complex wines. Learn more about their history here.

Strandveld Vineyards

Terrior Standveld Vineyards

Strandveld Vineyards South Africa


Recipe Recommendation:

Yogurt,With,BerriesBAKED YOGURT WITH FRESH BERRIES:

  • Makes 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Fresh Cream
  • 2 cups Double Cream Greek Yogurt
  • 1 cup condensed milk
  • 3 granadillas (or fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix the cream, yogurt and condensed milk together and stir until smooth
  • Divide evenly among ramekins
  • Bake in a preheated over at 140ºC (284ºF for about 10 minutes)
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool at room temperature (or refrigerate for later)
  • To serve, scoop out the pulp of half a granadilla onto each baked yogurt
  • Finish with a generous scoop of berries

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© Recipe from Liezie Mulder’s Book “île de païn-anytime”


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July Bubbly Club: Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste Michelle Luxe Brut ChardonnayChateau Ste. Michelle
Luxe Brut Chardonnay
Columbia Valley, Washington

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

“With delicate flavors of sweet citrus, orange peel, lemon, and herbs, this lively Chateau Ste. Michelle Lux Brut is the perfect accompaniment for a wide array of foods and gatherings.” – Paula Eakin, winemaker

Analysis: 11.5% alcohol / volume
Varieties: Chardonnay
Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
pH: 3.14
Residual Sugar: 1.63 g/100ml
Vintage: Non-vintage
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Winemaker: Paula Eakin

VINEYARD NOTES:
Premium grapes were sourced from  Washington State’s Columbia Valley.  Like France’s renowned Champagne district, Columbia Valley vineyard sit at a northerly latitude.  Ample sunshine and cool evenings create ideal conditions in developing superior flavor and crisp acids.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Winemaker, Paula Eakin samples several lots of base wine to create this unique cuvée based on ideal aroma and flavor profiles.  The Chardonnay based blend is created from a consistent house style and aged sur lie for extended time to add texture and depth.  A sweet liquid dosage is added to the bottle balancing the delicate, natural high fruit acids and viscocity, giving Brut its unique style.


Chateau Ste Michelle Lux Brut Rose bottleChateau Ste. Michelle
Luxe Brut Rosé
Columbia Valley, Washington

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

“This beautiful blush hued Chateau Ste. Michelle Sparkling Rosé with delicate flavors of strawberries, sweet orange and berry jam is the perfect combination of crisp acidity and lovely fine bubbles that pairs with almost everything. Enjoy!” – Paula Eakin, Winemaker

Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
Varieties: Mix of red varietals from more than one vintage are selected to create a consistent style
Total Acidity: 0.62 g/100ml
pH: 3.15
Residual Sugar: 1.61 g/100ml
Vintage: Non-vintage
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Winemaker: Paula Eakin

VINEYARD NOTES:
Premium grapes were sourced from  Washington State’s Columbia Valley.  Like France’s renowned Champagne district, Columbia Valley vineyard sit at a northerly latitude.  Ample sunshine and cool evenings create ideal conditions in developing superior flavor and crisp acids.

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Winemaker, Paula Eakin samples several lots of base wine to create this unique cuvée based on ideal aroma and flavor profiles.  The based blend is created from a consistent house style.  A sweet liquid dosage is added to the bottle balancing the delicate, natural high fruit acids and viscocity, giving Rosé its unique style.

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE:
Celebrating more than 50 years of winemaking Chateau Ste. Michelle combines Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovations. Built on the 1912 estate owned by a Seattle lumber baron, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.  In 1967 under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners.  In 1972, the first vines were planted at Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington. Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.  Did you know Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white.  The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, Washington, while the reds are made at their Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington. Learn more >

Chateau Ste Michelle gate entrance

© Chateau Ste. Michelle


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June Bubbly Club: Iowa

Zeit Pet NatZeit
Pet-Nat
Gelber Muskateller / Riesling
Austria

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The lush aromatics of the Gelber Muskateller (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) grapes are supported by the acidic backbone of the Riesling grapes and the vivacious fizz, making for a highly drinkable final product.  

Varietal: 50% Gelber Muskateller, 50% Riesling
Vineyard: Loess. Estate-owned, bio-dynamically grown vines
Production:
Grapes are hand-harvested and macerated on skins for 5 hours, then pressed and spontaneously fermented in tanks. While the fermentation is still going, the wine is bottled under crown caps to finish as pet-nat. It is released after 5 months on its fine lees, without fining or filtration. There is no sulfur added.

ABOUT ZEIT WINES:
Zeit (meaning “Time” in German) was inspired by the slowly passing of time in the unusual year of 2020 and the Bauhaus-inspired label was designed by Toni Silver, an Austrian artist.  Zeit is an Austrian winery owned and operated by Karl Fritsch and Weingut Fritsch made exclusively under the Jenny & Francois label. Located in the Wagram area, about 40 miles west of Vienna, Karl turned the historical family estate bio-dynamic in 2006 to preserve and respect the terroir. The winery is a founding member of Respekt Biodyn, an association of leading Austrian and German growers who share the biodynamic cultivation philosophy. Karl believes his role as a winemaker is to create a positive influence on the vines so that he can continue to showcase the beautiful and natural gifts these old sites provide. Karl states, “Continuing to improve these conditions has a direct effect on the terroir and therefore the taste and character of the wine.”  Learn more about their history here.


sekt-sparkling-rose-300x1000Huber Winery
Sparkling Rosé NV
Zweigelt / Pinot Noir
Austria

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This Sparkling Rosé is light salmon in color with reddish-gold play of light. It has a fine, persistent mousseux, with a delicate, fresh and very animated nose. On the palate, there are notes of fruit and spice with hints of fresh cherries, forest berries and a sophisticated note of citrus. It is dry, fruit-driven, yet creamy on the palate. The wine is finely woven with elegant acidity and mineral extract, making for a very harmonious structure.

Varietal: Zweigelt and Pinot Noir
Analysis: 12.0% alcohol / volume
Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Residual
Sugar: 17 g/L, dry
Vineyard:
Harvested from single vineyards in the Traisental Region
Vinification: Crushed, 6 hours skin contact; temperature controlled fermentation at 66.2ºF; and 4 months of lees contact.
Serving Suggestion:
Serve cool (48.2ºF-50ºF). Pairs well with white meat, such as chicken, turkey and grilled fish

Markus Huber_Huber Winery

© Winemaker, Markus Huber

ABOUT HUBER WINERY:
The family-run winery of Markus Huber showcasing premium wines from Austria. The family’s highest priority is to work without compromising the vineyards. The vineyards are cultivated according to organic guidelines and the entire winery is certified according to the “Sustainable Austria” criteria. Markus’ distinctive, top-quality wines are full of character, clear in style and site-related minerality to serve as an example of the very best of the Traisental Valley. As a young winemaker, Markus has already won numerous national and international awards. Learn more about his story here.

 


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