February Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine Clubshelf-talker-mosketto-Rosso-bottleMosketto
Rosso

Brachetto
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Mosketto Rosso is produced in the modified Martinotti method from Brachetto grapes. This delicate sweet red wine is medium-ruby color; its palate is persistent with a delicate mousse that invites the senses to discover a nose and palate bursting with ripe fruit and flowers. Its low alcohol content, natural sugar and naturally occurring bubbles make this wine both unsullied and delectable

Varietal: 100% Natural Brachetto Grapes
Analysis:
5.5% alcohol / volume
Acidity: 6 g/L
pH: 3.43
Residual Sugar: 113 g/L (natural sweetness from the fruit, no sugar added).
Appellation: Vino D’Italia
Carbonation: Natural carbonation
Winemaker: Daniele Astegiano
Food Pairings: Enjoyable anytime, but an especially classic accompaniment is with dry pastries, mixed berries and crème brûlée. It also lends itself to contrasting very spicy dishes.
Critical Acclaim:

  • San Diego Wine Competition 2018 – Gold 91

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: Don’t be afraid to branch out. This sweet wine from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a blue cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Mosketto is the combination of two famous grapes, Moscato and Brachetto, both locally grown in Piedmont and the base for the brand’s delicious, mildly sweet, naturally bubbly, low-alcohol wines. Mosketto produces three different wines – white, rosé and red – the white wine is made from the Moscato grapes, red is made from Brachetto, and rosé is the blend of the two. The wines are made in the same was as the more classic Moscato D’Asti and Brachetto D’Acqui, but are stopped from fermenting at low alcohol, retaining the natural sugars from the grapes. Mosketto wines are imported by Mack & Schühle, The Wine and Spirits Family.  Learn more here. >

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Acquesi-Asti-bottleAcquesi
Asti DOCG
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This Asti has a delicate, pale-yellow color with an elegant and inviting perlage. The bouquet consists of honey, peach and a touch of citrus.

Varietal: 100% Moscato Bianco di Canelli
Analysis: 7% alcohol / volume
Acidity: 6 g/L
pH: 3.25
Residual Sugar: 95 g/L
Appellation: Monferrato
Soil: Sandy, clay and limestone
Winemaker: Daniele Astegiano
Food Pairings:
Enjoy on its own, with spicy Asian cuisine, or with more traditional pairings such as desserts and dry pastries. Serve at 39.2ºF-42.8ºF
Critical Acclaim:

  • 2020 “World Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 “Regional Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 Gold Medal – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2020 “Best in Class” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • 2019 “World Champion” – The Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships
  • Silver – Berlin Wine Trophy
  • Gold – World Wine Championships

WineStyles’ Wine and Cheese Pairing: This sweet wine from our ‘Nectar’ section will pair well with a soft cheese, such as a brie. The bubbles help to cleanse the palate and refresh it for another bite. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

WINEMAKING:
This wine is produced using the Martinotti Method, allowing the winemakers to preserve the pure varietal aromas of the grape. The wines are placed in a large pressurized vat, where the natural sugars and the yeast create a secondary fermentation, creating delicate, frothy bubbles.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Known for its Traditional Method wines, the Acquesi brand is a territory line paying tribute to its host city, Acqui Terme. In the early 20th century, the city was known for its Art Nouveau style, which is reflected in the art on the bottles of their wines. Its particular terroir, cultivates native grapes like Cortese and Moscato, resulting in fruity, aromatic and lively wines with a persistent perlage. Acquesi wines are imported by Mack & Schühle, The Wine and Spirits Family. Learn more about the winery here. >

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January Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine Clubchambers-rutherglen-muscadelle-bottleChambers Rosewood Vineyards
Muscadelle
Rutherglen, Australia

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This wine is dark bronze-gold in color with hints of amber. It has intense, fresh and fruity aromatics with characters of honey, butterscotch, crème brûlée, creamy caramel, dried oranges, orange blossom, dried pears, tea-cake, malt and green tea. These characters are also evident on the palate which is luscious with a hint of jasmine and fresh layers of flavor which linger in the mouth. This wine has a luscious texture with the gentle warmth of clean spirit and well-balanced sweetness complementing the finish.

Analysis: 18.5% alcohol / volume
Critical Acclaim:

          • Halliday Wine Companion
            • 2023 Rating: 92
            • 2022 Rating: 92
            • 2021 Rating: 91
            • 2020 Rating: 94
            • 2019 Rating: 93
          • Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide – 92 pts.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Since establishment in 1858, in Victoria’s famed Rutherglen region in Australia, winemaking duties at Chambers Rosewood have been passed down from father to son through six generations. Today, Chambers Winery and Vineyards are operated by Stephen Chambers, supported by his father, the legendary Bill Chambers. This relaxed family-owned winery has been producing Muscats and Muscadelles that have been recognized all over the world for their complexity, intensity and balance for centuries. Learn more here. >

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Tickle-Me-Pink-bottleScott Harvey Wines
Jana Winery
Tickle Me Pink
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The four components of this wine make for a foxy, sassy, and yummy wine with aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry rosemary and thyme. There is a hint of fresh carbonation on the finish that makes it refreshing and surprising.

Varietal: 68% Lodi Chardonnay, 24% Lodi Riesling, 5% Mystery Wine, 3% Syrah
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
pH: 3.19
RS: Off Dry, 2.6%
Produced: 1,556 at 12/750 ml

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WINEMAKER’S NOTES:
“Making this wine gives me the chance to produce a true European type Rosé in a light, crisp and off dry style, similar to the wines we produced while working as an apprentice and going to winemaking school in Europe. I had a fun time putting this blend together. It is mainly Chardonnay and Riesling, with a little something mysterious thrown in to give it that mischievous character and flavor. The Syrah adds spice and color.” – Jana Winery

ABOUT THE WINERY:
In 1979 Scott Harvey developed an ambitious winery plan for the Santino family. As Winemaker and General Manager of Santino Winery, Scott is credited with placing Amador County firmly on the California wine map. Over the years, Scott honed in on his skills within the wine industry, becoming Partner, Winemaker and President of other wineries before starting his own venture with his most ideal partner – his wife, Jana, a wine industry veteran. Learn more here. >

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December Sweet Club: Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubChocolate bar wine bottleSan Antonio Winery
Chocolate Bar Chocolate Port
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This full-flavored chocolate port was hand crafted for those who love two of the best delights in the world: chocolate and port. Designed for the aficionados of dessert wine and rich chocolate, this port-style wine is a very sophisticated infusion. Enjoy this wine after dinner with dried fruits, nuts, and all types of chocolate.

Analysis: 18% alcohol / volume
Residual Sugar: 70 g/L

Food Pairing Recommendations: Try it with dried apricots and cherries, chocolate-covered strawberries, pecan pie or anything chocolate. 

ABOUT SAN ANTONIO WINERY:
With over 100 years of winemaking, San Antonio Winery is the oldest and largest producing winery in Los Angeles – making it an essential component of the city’s cultural and historical landscape. The winery still sits on its original location on Lamar Street, and it is the last vestige of the rich winemaking tradition in greater Los Angeles. Learn more about the winery here.

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Stella Rosa Cranberry wine bottleStella Rosa®️ Wines
Cranberry
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

A little tart and a little tangy, it can’t get better than that! This refreshing wine reveals a vibrant blush color and is combined with the natural cranberry flavor. It is lively with the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Give yourself a little boost in your day with this semi-sparkling wine. Serve with fresh fruit, cheese, spicy cuisine, and desserts.

Region: Piedmont, Italy
Analysis: 5% alcohol / volume

Food Pairing Recommendations: This flavor pairs wonderfully with roasted herb butter potatoes, honey glazed BBQ chicken, Arugula salad with apples and walnuts, brie and green apple grilled cheese or cranberry pie.

ABOUT STELLA ROSA:
It all started in 1917, when the Riboli family founded Los Angeles’ historic San Antonio Winery. Back then, Los Angeles was the prime location for wine growing in all of California. For some time, the wine industry reigned as one of Southern California’s most economically significant and popular industries of that time. After surviving Prohibition and about a century later, the Riboli family has continued its artisan winemaking tradition through four generations. From within the tasting rooms of San Antonio Winery, customers repeatedly requested a sweeter, light, refreshing wine. The Riboli family took this unique opportunity to create a new semi-sweet, semi-sparkling wine style, which today, they are a leader of. And so, Stella Rosa was born. Learn more here.

our-story-mapMADE AND IMPORTED FROM ITALY:
To create the Stella Rosa wines, their family chose the region of Asti, a province in Piedmont, Italy, as the source for its aromatic grapes. The area of Asti has particular significance to the Riboli family, as it is the birthplace of their family matriarch, Maddalena Riboli. Their first Stella Rosa wine was Moscato D’Asti, which has become a flagship of their line. Soon after, Stella Rosa Rosso was created – the brand’s first semi-sweet, semi-sparkling red wine blend, and first wine of its kind to be brought to America from Asti. The rapid phenomenal successes of these two wines began the lineage of Stella Rosa, which now boasts over 20 distinctive flavors.

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April Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine Clubcharles-orban-carte-noire-brut-bubbly-bottleCharles Orban
Carte Noire Brut
Champagne, France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Charles Orban Carte Noire Brut Champagne is clear golden in color with elegant, fine bubbles. The nose is delicate, but is dominated by citrus fruits with hints of fudge. On the palate, there is great length. It is smooth with brioche aromas and subtle notes of honey, pine nuts and light tobacco.

Varietal: 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
Region: Champagne

Vineyard/Terroir: Troissy – Vallée de la Marne
Vintage: NV

Vinification: Dosage – 10 g/L
Serving Temperature: Serve at 46.4ºF-50ºF
Pairing: Serve as an aperitif, or pair with white meat or fish.
Critical Acclaim: 90 points Wine Spectator

A note of woodsy smoke underscores flavors of tangy plum, candied kumquat, white peach and fresh ginger in this mouthwatering Champagne, backed by firm, citrusy acidity. — 90 points, AN, Wine Spectator

ABOUT THE WINERY:
The Orban family has been growing grapes in Troissy, a village on the left bank of the Marne, since 1770. Their vineyards cover 331 hectares and are planted with Pinot Meunier (86%), Pinot Noir (8%) and Chardonnay (6%) grapes. By the end of the 1950s, Charles Orban left the Troissy cooperative and decided to produce his own champagne, selling it under his own name. Over the years, he grew his company from just 800 bottles, to now over 200,000 bottles produced and sold. Since then, the house was sold to a champagne family that continues to uphold the Orban family tradition. Learn more about their story here.


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March Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubChandon
Brut Rosé
California

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Chandon Brut Rosé is vivacious and juicy. It’s a bright, dry Rosé with a refreshing lightness – perfect for sipping all year. On the eye, it is vibrant pink with an energetic bead and mousse. The nose is extremely fruity with subtle floral, toasty, mineral and brioche notes. On the palate, there are flavors of strawberry, red cherry, raspberry tart, red currant, pomegranate and notes of pastries or scones.  The creaminess, acidity and finish are all perfectly balanced with very little sweetness.

Grapes for Brut Rosé were sourced from multiple cool-climate appellations, ensuring complexity and consistency in this vibrant, smooth style. Grapes were harvested at night to keep the fruit cool and preserve freshness. Harvest begins early August to retain acidity and capture Chardon’s signature vibrancy.  State-of-the-art presses lower pressing times, limiting the the juice’s contact with the grape skins to avoid bitterness.  Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks.  The second fermentation occurs in the bottle and the aging process begins. A minimum of 12 months aging imparts a creamy complexity balanced by juicy red fruit notes.

Varietal: 57% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 3% Meunier
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume

Brut: 9.5 g/L
Serving Temperature: Serve between 49ºF – 54ºF
Pairing: Perfect match for a sunny day, or paired with slightly spicy dishes, grilled burgers, paella, smoked salmon, gumbo, or duck fat fries.
Critical Acclaim:
2020 Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts.

Cocktail Recommendation: The Chandon Mirosa
3 oz. Chandon Brut Rosé
3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice


Chandon-Brut-bottle-150x525Chandon
Brut
California

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This Brut is the signature style of Chandon and the go-to bubbly for entertaining, sipping and gifting. It showcases the fruitiness, vibrancy and freshness of Northern California’s warm, sunny days and cool nights. On the eye, it is vibrant straw yellow in color with an energetic bead and mousse. The nose is very heavy in fruit, with medium floral and brioche notes, and light toasty and mineral undertones. The palate is intense and fruity with subtle complexity. There are key flavors of green apple, citrus, pear, biscuit, almond and white flowers. 

Grapes for Brut are sourced from multiple cool-climate appellations, ensuring complexity and consistency in the lively, juicy style. A minimum of 12 months aging imparts a creamy complexity, balanced by an elegant mouthfeel.

Varietal: 73% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, 1% Meunier
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume

Brut: 9 g/L
Serving Temperature: Serve between 49ºF – 54ºF
Pairing: A refreshing aperitif, or an ideal match with any salty or creamy dishes such as oysters, caesar salad, fried chicken or calamari
Critical Acclaim: 

  • 2022 Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards – Double Gold Medal winner
  • 2021 SF Chronicle Wine Competition – Double Gold Medal winner
  • 2021 Santé International Wine & Spirits – Double Gold Medal winner
  • 2021 Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts.
  • 2020 Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts.

Cocktail Recommendation: Sparkling Margarita
3 oz. Chandon Brut
1 ½ oz. Tequila Blanco
1 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
½ oz. Agave Syrup
Salt for the Rim

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Founded in 1973, by Robert-Jean de Vogüé and John Wright, Chandon is one of the first French-owned sparkling wine ventures in United States. The two carefully selected their vineyards, and are now considered to be amongst some of the best quality sparkling wines in California. Domaine Chandon is located in Yountville, within the Napa Valley, California.  With their Head Winemaker, Pauline Lhote, and her skilled team, the Chandon Winery is able to combine their skilled winemaking knowledge with French techniques to produce innovate, beautiful, vibrant wines. Learn more about their story here.

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February Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubClara-Vie-Brut-NatureClara Vie
Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This Bubbly blend of Mauzac, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay is crystalline yellow in color with golden hues as it pours. The nose is intense with delicate scents of hawthorn and crisp green apple offsetting the nutty, pastry-like richness imparted by the extended tirage. A freshness sweeps over the palate with waves of citrus fruits, tart apple, Mirabelle plum, and golden flowers all lingering into a harmonious finish.

Varietal: 90% Mauzac, 5% Chenin Blanc, 5% Chardonnay
Terroir: 20-40 year old vines grown on gently sloping hillsides formed of calcareous clay in a Mediterranean climate

Elevation: 650 feet
Farming: Sustainable Farming
Aging:
24 months in stainless steel tanks
Bottled: At the winery

Certification: Certified Terra Vitis
Serving Temperature: Serve between 44ºF – 45ºF
Food Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or throughout the meal

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Clara Vie is a custom cuvée between JP Bourgeois and Françoise Antech, the sixth-generation member of Maison Antech-Limoux, a family-owned winery in France for over five centuries. Since the late 19th century, the family has been invested in the winemaking traditions of their region, taming their magical terroir to make fine sparkling wines. In 1996, Françoise stepped in to carry on the family traditions, while raising Antech to the ranks of the greatest sparkling wine makers. The secret of their character comes from a combination of Limoux’s three terroirs (the backbone of their cuvées): freshness from the Pyrenees, minerality from the ocean and roundness from the Mediterranean. Learn more here.


Von-winning-brutVon Winning
Riesling Extra Brut
Pfalz, Germany

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This Riesling Extra Brut has a soft, citrus aroma with an elegant spiciness on the palate.

“Based largely on vintage 2016 and on grapes from Ruppertsberg (especially Linsenbusch), this offers a mouthwatering and remarkably Chablis-like evocation of salted, herbed chicken stock and oyster liquor. Walnut and peach kernel piquancy stimulate further on a brightly lemony, buoyant palate. The mousse is admirably fine, the long finish both cheek-pinching and salivainducing, irrepressibly juicy and loaded with animal as well as mineral savor…” – Vinous, Antonio Galloni; 92 points.

Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard: Selection of different vineyards in and around Deidesheim

Soil: Chalky, loess-clay soils and red sandstone
Farming: Practicing Organic
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks used for first fermentation, then secondary fermentation in the bottle. Left on the lees for 24-28 months.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Formally called the Dr. Deinhard Estate, (now Von Winning) was founded in 1849, producing unique wines reflecting their vineyards in Ruppetsberg, Deidesheim and Forst. In 1907, Leopold von Winning, son-in-law of Dr. Andreas Deinhard, dedicated his life to creating the highest quality of wines with respect to the vineyards passed down to him. Today, Stephan Attmann and his ambitious team uphold this visionary’s tradition.  Learn more about their story here.

 

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January Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubLaurent-Perrier-Cuvee-webLaurent-Perrier
La Cuvée Brut Champagne
Champagne, France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This wine comes from the purest grape juice and allows Laurent‑Perrier to craft “La Cuvée”, a champagne of great finesse and a beautiful freshness obtained after a long ageing process in their cellars. Laurent-Perrier’s style and personality are defined by its very high proportion of Chardonnay. Purity, freshness and elegance – essential characteristics, expressed in this champagne which embodies the spirit of the House.

La Cuvée is pale, gold in color with fine bubbles that feed a persistent mousse. It has a delicate nose with hints of fresh citrus and white flowers, while on the palate the wine’s complexity is expressed with successive notes of vine peach and white fruit. There is a perfect balance between freshness and delicacy with fruity flavors that are very present on the finish.

Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
Varietal: La Cuvée is a blend made from over 100 Crus selected by Laurent-Perrier

  • A majority of Chardonnay, over 50%
  • Pinot Noir, between 30% and 35%
  • Rounded out with Meunier, between 10% and 15%
  • + Reserve wines between 15% and 30% to ensure perfect consistency in style

Vinification and Aging: For blending, only the musts of the Cuvée are used, so only 80% of the grape juice is extracted from pressing. The ideal aging is around 4 years in the cellar, and its balance and freshness are enhanced by a light dosage.
Serving Temperature: Serve between 46.4ºF – 50ºF
Food Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif or paired alongside poultry or the finest fish.

ABOUT LAURENT-PERRIER:
Laurent-Perrier is a Champagne house founded in 1812. Nestled in a Grand Cru village at the crossroads of three main winegrowing areas, Laurent-Perrier is the largest female-owned, family-run, fiercely independent estates focusing exclusively on champagne. Passed down from generation to generation, Laurent-Perrier continues to offer unique experiences for champagne lovers all over the world. Learn more about their story here.

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December Sweet Club Iowa

 

Sweet Wine Clubpiquitos moscato sweet wine clubPiquitos
Moscato
D.O. Valencia, Spain

NECTAR WINE STYLE

A fizzy moscato dedicated to wine lovers without complexes looking for fun and to get a party started.

This Moscato is bright lemon-gold in color with a light pearliness in its appearance. The nose is clean and youthful with heavy floral and fruity notes of mandarin peel, honeysuckle and sweet orange blossom. The palate has a sweetness that coats the mouth, then refreshes itself with the airy bubbles. It is luscious and harmoniously balanced.

Analysis: 11% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Moscatel
TA: 5.47 g/L
pH: 3.23
RS: 51.2 g/L
V. Acidity: 0.15 g/L
Region: D.O. Valencia, Spain
Vineyard:
Valley Valentino & Alto Turia in the heart of Valencia
Age of Vines: 15-20 year-old vines
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Altitude: 200-650 m.
Climate: Warm Mediterranean
Harvest: First fortnight of September
Vinification: Cold Maceration
Fermentation: 53.6-60.8ºF
Aging: Stainless Steel

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an aged cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY: 
Piquitos is intended to mean “little kisses” in Spanish, as their wines are designed to share their love. Sourced from sunny Mediterranean Coast in Valencia, Spain, Piquitos is made by the team from Hammeken Cellars – an innovative producer and exporter of Spanish wines. Their philosophy is to gather the best local grapes and traditions in Spain and pair those with the “New World” winemaking techniques and styles to produce high quality, fruit forward and fresh wines. Learn more about their company here.


Tintero moscato wineCantine Elvio Tintero
Moscato d’Asti ‘Sori Gramella’
Piedmont, Italy

NECTAR WINE STYLE

Delightfully fizzy and slightly sweet, an irresistible combination.

The third generation Tintero family continues the traditions of winemaking in Gramella. “Sori” in Piedmontese indicates the south-facing slope of a hill, that pampers the grapes with 20% more sunshine. Cantine Elvio Tintero are the only producers to sustainable farm and commercially bottle from this striking single-vineyard, limestone amphitheater. Vines were planted in the late 1980’s. Grapes are harvested and pressed, then kept at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks to provide the freshest wine possible.

Analysis: 7% alcohol / volume
Varietal: Moscato

Appellation: Moscato d’Asti, Langhe
RS: 110 g/L
Vine Age: Average 30 years
Soil Type: Clay, limestone with rocks
Vineyard Area: 25 hectares
Producer: Marco Tintero
Founded: 1900
Annual Production: 41,000 cases
Farming: Sustainable

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section also pair well with an herbal cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
The winery’s legacy began in 1900 when a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out to Piedmont in search of work. Here, he found a job helping a widow, Rosina Cortese with her small estate, and just a few years later the couple fell in love, married and continued to grow their estate. Passed down from generation to generation, the family eventually took over the adjacent vineyard plots and began growing a small production of Moscato. It wasn’t until 1980, when grandson, Elvio, began experimenting with frizzante wine production, allowing the family to take advantage of the grape’s special affinity to the local terroir. Today, Elvio help’s his son and daughter-in-law run the estate producing fresh, easy and fun wines to drink with friends. Learn more about their story
here.


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December Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine Clubraptor ridge winery rose 2015 anniversaryRaptor Ridge Winery
Brut Rosé Méthode Champenoise
Anniversary Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

Since 1996, when the Shull’s planted Harbinger Vineyard high in the Chehalem Mountains, the site produces a lean expression of Pinot Noir in all but the warmest vintages. With over 2400 vines per acre, this single-guyot trellised site is densely planted by Oregon Standards. The top of the vineyard is about 800 feet above sea level, providing cool nights and slow ripening of the 100% Pinot Noir plantings. In the particularly cool vintage of 2011, a switch went on in Scott Shull’s brain…sparkle it! Henceforth, their approach to this 21-year old vineyard has been to focus on classic Méthode Champenoise. In 2015 Raptor Ridge Winery decided to increase the production by adding Tuscowallame Estate Pinot Noir, which comes from their highest block and contains a mixture of clones. Both vineyards are farmed identically. The base wine ferments and rests en tirage for about three years, before disgorgement and dosage to complete the wine for final bottling.

Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
TA: 7.5 
pH: 3.37
Brix: 20.8
Case Production: 360
De-stem: 100%
Cold Soak: 96 hours

ABOUT THE RAPTOR RIDGE WINERY:
Owned and operated by Scott and Annie Shull, the duo have been nurturing Raptor Ridge for 26 years – from a “garage” winery, to the clearing of their vineyard in 2000 and the opening of their tasting room in 2010. The Shull’s winegrowing focuses on quality, consistency and intrigue. Their wines express simplicity, while also having layers of sensory complexity on the palate and mind. Learn more about their journey here.


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Gaspard
Bulles Sparkling Rosé
Loire Valley, France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

“Bulles”, meaning “bubbles” in French, is the perfect name for this wine. This sparkling, fruity Rosé is full of red berries. It makes for a perfect aperitif wine, great for any celebration, or while snacking on other nibbles.

Grapes: Pineau d’aunis
Vineyard: Clay and Limestone
Vines: 80 year-old vines, sustainable growing practices

WINEMAKING:
The grapes are handpicked, pressed. The first fermentation occurs with natural yeast in tanks. The wine is then filtered and bottled with liqueur de tirage to start the second fermentation in bottles. The wine is disgorged and topped up with more wine, zero sugar added. Total time in cellar is 36 months.

ABOUT THE GASPARD:
Gaspard is one of
Jenny & Françoishouse labels, these wines come from their exclusive cooperation with carefully selected winemakers in France and beyond. The growers they are partnered with work sustainably and organically to produce the purest wine. These Loire Valley wines focus on the nature of the wine, while also staying in a friendly budget to their consumers. All wines are made with tradition and use the most popular varieties of their regions. Learn more about their story here.

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October Bubbly Club: Iowa

Bubbly Wine ClubMAYLA-ROSE_PETILLANTAlella Vinícola
Mayla
Rosé Petillant
Alella, Spain

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This attractively colored rosé has a sweet nose of red fruits. On the palate, the mouthfeel is light and fresh with flavors of red fruits.

Analysis: 11.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Red Grenache
Vineyard: Viña Rials
Aging: 6 months on lees
Yield: 35 Hl/Ha
Vine aged: 22 years
Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers
Pruning: Royat doble
Height and exposition: 100m, EST
Soil: Granites (“sualó”)
Climate: Maritime Mediterranean
Winemaker: Xavier Garcia
Annual Production: 5,000 bottles
Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up to 3 years
Food Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif or with fresh pasta, rice dishes, or grilled snails
Recent Awards:
  • Guía Peñín 2018: 87 points
  • Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018: 9.14 points

WINEMAKING:
“The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks on its own fine lees from November to February in order to give the wine more volume, and to prepare it to improve its evolution throughout time . The second fermentation has taken place in bottle for two months more to attain the sparkling point that we wish.” – Alella Vinícola


ona-blanc-brut-natureAlella Vinícola
Ona
Blanc de Noir Brut Nature
D.O. Alella, Spain

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

Although the Ona Blanc de Noir is a black grape variety, the color is golden with soft reflections. On the nose, there are intense, yet delicate aromas of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and clean cut grass. On the palate, the bubbles are crisp and well integrated into the wine. The wine is refreshing and highlights all of the flavors of white and red fruit with a honeyed, long finish.

Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Red Grenache
Vineyard: Viña Rials
Aging: Minimum of 12 months in bottle
Yield: 25 Hl/Ha
Vine aged: 15 years
Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers
Pruning: Royat doble
Height and exposition: 100m, EST
Soil: Granites (“sualó”)
Climate: Maritime Mediterranean
Winemaker: Xavier Garcia
Annual Production: 2,500 bottles
Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up to 8 years
Recent Awards:
  • Guía Peñín 2018: 89 points
  • Robert Parker: 88 points
  • Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018: 9.15 points
  • Great Premi Vinari 2015 Reserva Sparkling Wines

Alella Vinícola logoABOUT ALELLA VINÍCOLA:
Family owned and operated, Alella Vinícola has been operating in the heart of the D.O. Alella, Spain since 1906 – just over 9 miles north of Barcelona. Brothers Samuel and Xavier Garcia perform all of the tasks of managing the winery from planting the vineyards to the commercialization of their wines. The winery’s wines are characterized by the Mediterranean climate and are always produced free of herbicides, insecticides and inorganic fertilizers. Learn more about the winery here.

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