There is just not enough sparkling wine on my blog. I really like sparkling wine, but I, like most, only drink sparkling wine on special occasions. We all should change that. It is a wine, it just has some bubbles.
Sure, it is great to toast with. It is perfect to christen a boat with. The sound of champagne flutes chiming as we toast. Nothing says Happy New Year more than a bottle of bubbly. It really does make one feel all warm on the inside.
This bottle from Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue recently won the “Best Sparkling Wine” Category at the annual New York Wine & Food Classic.
Now, I am not saying that this bottle of Bedell Cellars 2006 Blanc de Blanc ($48) is the wine you would have everyday. The price tag is a bit steep. But for that special occasion, this might be the one to reach for.
In the nose hints of apple — golden delicious and granny smith dominate with hints of baking spice like cinnamon. Notes of yeasty bread round out the nose with a hint of salinity.
The palate brings more of the apple notes with some pear and melon. More baking spices appear as well with a deep oceanic breeze note. Crisp bright acidity is balanced beautifully beautifully on the palate.
The finish is lengthy with hints of pear and more salinity.
I really liked this sparkling wine made in the traditional méthode champenoise. My wife and I toasted each other for our 3rd Anniversary with this as we munched on chocolate covered strawberries. While that may not have been the best pairing, it worked for us.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard