Are made, around the world, great sparkling wines in places where you’d least expect it, using traditional techniques and grapes from Chardonnay to Xarel-lo.
Here are 10 luxury sparkling wine you may need to know, with all high quality and styles of different regions and, in this time of year, you need ideas about gifts for men.
DIGBY FINE ENGLISH RESERVE BRUT, UK
Geologists and winemakers are through this sparkling wine of Southern England. The limestone vein running through the Champagne region continues straight through under the English Channel and produces a similar taut, mineral character in British bubbles.
CA’ DEL BOSCO ANNAMARIA CLEMENTI, ITALY
This amazing sparkling wine is made from the Pinot Nero grown in 30-year-old vineyards in the Lombardy Region and the method to be made is with the champe-noise process, the wine is aged at least eight years in the house’s best barrels before disgorgement.
JANZ TASMANIA PREMIUM BRUT CUVÉÉ, AUSTRALIA
Jansz Tasmania Premium Brut Cuvée is a blend made with 58 percent Chardonnay, 40 percent Pinot Noir, and 2 percent Pinot Meunier is light yellow-gold, and rich with the flavors of apple, melon, and lemon.
ARGYLE 2012 BLANC DE BLANCS, OREGON
The Argyle 2012 Blanc de Blancs is made with 100 percent Chardonnay from Julia Lee’s Block in the Knudsen Vineyard, which was planted in 1990. Fermented and aged in the winery’s oldest neutral oak barrels, it is fresh and elegant as an aperitif or as a nimble partner with fish.
DOMAINE HUET 2012 VOUVRAY, LOIRE VALLEY- FRANCE
This pétillant- a French term for a slightly sparkling wine—draws from all of Huet’s vineyards in Vouvray: Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg. Rather than the method champe-noise process, it is made with method ancestral, which involves no added sugar. It has soft, small bubbles, notes of dried apricot and quince, and a crisp Chenin acidy.
SCHOLIUM PROJECT 2015 BLOWOUT, CALIFORNIA
Winemaker Abe Schoener is a leader in California’s natural-wine expert. But with an experimental streak took a surprising turn with Scholium Project 2015 Blowout, which is made by mechanically injecting carbonation into a blend of Loureiro, Grüner Veltliner, and Verdelho.
ROEDERER ESTATE 2009 L’ERMITAGE BRUT, CALIFORNIA
Roederer is the synonym of California Classic. Made with equal amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with 4 percent aged wine from 2006 and 2007 added, this luxurious and complex wine has notes of toasted brioche and orange peel.
RAVENTÓS I BLANC GRAN RESERVA DE LA FINCA, SPAIN
De la Finca, the-top-of-the-line Raventós, uses grapes from the family estate, with vines as much as 80 years old farmed bio-dynamically and this blend of 45 percent Xarel-lo, 42 percent Macabeo, and 13 percent Parellada, with at least 30 months on lees is a perfect combination.
GRAHAM BECK BRUT, SOUTH AFRICA
It is made with roughly equal amounts of hand-picked Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from vineyards in Robertson, Franschhoek, and Steenberg. And use an unusual technique, the bunches are pressed whole and fermented separately—blending occurs after fermentation, with reserve juice from previous vintages added afterward, if necessary. The result is crisp and yeasty with a refined mousse.
WILLI BRUNDLMAYER SEKT BRUT, AUSTRIA
This is an amazing combination of Austrian grape varieties and traditional Champagne grape varieties sound a little crazy but no, the result is creamy and elegant, with a touch of bracing citrus.