Most of us know the most common wine grape varietals — cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay, etc. — and are used to sipping them in the most basic ways. But now we’re seeing an increased trend of standard blends in sparkling versions. We’re talking about everything from berry bubblies for dedicated red drinkers to bright whites that will please even the most devout champagne snobs. So, we rounded up some unique sparkling wines to sip this summer – and beyond. Next time you see one of these labels at a restaurant or your local liquor store, be sure to scoop it up!
A sparkling rosé? Yes way! This Italian-born pink wine hails from a family-owned winery that’s been cranking out vino for over a century. It’s lightly sweet, had plenty of sparkle, and is made from 100-percent Lambrusco grapes. Expect to taste a few notes of strawberry and plum with soft floral aromas.
Meet America’s first sparkling sauvignon blanc, a unique twist on your standard savvy b. It’s driven by a lively crispness accented by its lemon-lime aromas. If you love a semi-dry, citrusy wine that goes well with or without food, this one’s worth a taste.
From Venice, Italy, where some of the very best pinot grigios are born, comes this light, dry, and sparkling white wine — a varietal that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. If you typically enjoy a citrus-based pinot grigio, this will be your new go-to. It’s crisp, satisfying, and ripe with lemon, lime, peach, and melon flavors.
This estate-grown, dry-farmed, and sustainable sparkling white wine is like few you’ve ever tasted. The grapes are grown and fermented specifically for Amrita, and they are fermented separately as a blend of between six and seven varieties. The result? A fresh, energetic, and fruit-forward sparkling wine.
If you’re into sweet wines like moscato, you’ll love this subtly sparkling variety, which one fan described as “if soda and rosé had a baby.” Sweet and bubbly with flavors of candied orange peel and lemon pie, plus airy pink bubbles, this is your girls’ night, The Bachelor-binge kind of wine.
Outside of its sleek, modern packaging, this blend of fruity, hand-picked grapes is less sweet than a traditional Cava and looks more like champagne than Prosecco. It’s made from two hand-picked white grape varieties of Spanish origin you’ve likely never heard of, Macabeo (40 percent) and Xarel-lo (40 percent), and one Burgundy-originated variety you have, Chardonnay (20 percent). This makes for a unique, fruity flavor that goes particularly well with sushi or spicy Mexican.
There are a number of qualities that make this wine unique, starting with the fact that it comes from Mtsvane grapes pulled from 50-year-old vines, which is rare in any country, but particularly in Georgia. During Soviet rule (which only ended in 1991), all old vines were to be replaced with younger varieties. Another unique quality is how it’s fermented — in the traditional Georgian method from Neolithic times (8,000 vintage ago!). It has flavors of green apple, lime sorbet, and a touch of nutmeg. The bubble is gentle and light.
If you’re a fan of a traditional malbec (medium to full-bodied, dry red), then you can expect to enjoy this sparkling blend of the varietal. It has a darker hue and more robust flavor than a traditional rosé wine with just a hint of tannin along with an elegant, floral finish.
We’re willing to bet you’ve never tried a sparkling almond wine before. Well, it’s time to! This demi-sec (semi-dry) sparkling wine is actually enhanced by a toasted almond flavor and made from 100-percent Texas-grown Chenin Blanc grapes. In addition to the toasted almond flavor, expect to experience a subtle caramel-covered green apple flavor. Yum!
Made from a blend of 100 percent Chardonnay grapes, this sparkling wine aged in its bottle for three whole years to earn its stripes. It is produced using traditional Méthode Champenoise techniques (tank fermentation) and boasts fruit-forward aromas of lemon-lime, fresh flowers, and crisp green apple with a sweet-tart finish.
Don’t let its light hue fool you — this wine is made from 100-percent pinot noir grapes. It’s organically grown from nearly 50 year old vines, which might be one of the reasons for its higher price point. It’s certainly unique, with aromas of raspberry and sliced green apple and a light and lemony finish.
Hailing from the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes Region, which is known for its rieslings, come this bubbly version. It’s a touch drier than your typical variety and has gentle notes of apple with flavors of Bosc pear that transition to dried apricot before a zesty lime finish.
If The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s name and logo wasn’t enough to stop you in your tracks, one taste of their 2014 TX Bubble Universe certainly will. The company, known for its carbonated canned wines, makes this full-bottled sparkling wine by hand using the Dom Perigon method and a blend of 50-percent Colorado Albariño and 50-percent Colorado Riesling. The result: a crisp apple with bright acidity combined with the perfect level of fizzy fun.
This 100-percent pinot nero (aka pinot noir) is named after the combination of ‘Oltrepo’, which means ‘beyond the Po’ (River) less than an hour south of Milan, and Pinot Nero. It has a pale, straw yellow hue that’s enhanced with soft, delicate bubbles. Its long and intense flavor features mineral notes and hints of wisteria and elderberry, followed by blackberries, redcurrant, raspberries, and citrus.
This estate-bottled sparkling wine is made from grapes grown at Creekbend Vineyard in Bloomington, IN (an unexpected wine region in itself), using traditional méthode champenoise. It’s brut-style yet complex and balanced, which enhances an array of delicate flavors. The addition of about 5-percent ice wine is added during the final corking.
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