Discovery Boxes

Bubbles!


** The image is not a true reflection of what is inside the box.  Please refer to the "Tasting Room Selection"

Our Discovery Boxes are a great way to try a new varietal or to simply stick with something you know and love!

The six bottles will be packed in one of our beautiful wooden boxes, wrapped and ribboned and ready for you to collect, or we will deliver it to you, free of charge

Included is an information sheet (or cheat sheet), with a description of each wine and which food to pair it with.  Impress everyone at your next dinner party!

Champagne, Prosecco, Cava... Sparkling wine has been synonymous with celebrations around the world for centuries. The vineyards have been through world war after world war, the winemakers created history, and often women were left to tend the vineyard when the men went off to war.

Fun fact:  Sparkling wine wasn’t always desired. A lot of winemakers didn’t want their wine to referment in a bottle and create fizz, as the glass wasn’t strong enough and the bottles used to explode!

 

There are a few ways to make sparkling wine, methode champenoise in Champagne. This technique consists of two fermentation, blending, legal aging requirements then disgorgement and dosage. Cava and Cremant also use this technique also known as the traditional method. The terroir, blend of grapes, time on lees (dead yeast cells) and dosage at disgorgement (sugar syrup and wine added to the final fermented blend) all add to the complexity and toasty brioche notes or lack of in Champagne and Cava. Champagne can be made out of 7 grape varietals, but most of them are made from 3 main grapes; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. The other grapes allowed are Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbane. Cava, on the other hand, is made from native Spanish grapes, Xarel-lo, Parellada and Macabeo, and in recent years have been allowed to incorporate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Prosecco, on the other hand, is made from 100% Glera.

The singular of the Glera grape in Prosecco, along with the ‘Tank Charmat Method’ gives this Italian beauty its fruit-forward quality. The grapes are pressed then fermented in stainless steel tanks, this keeps the fresh quality found in Prosecco and also changed the size of the bubbles or ‘mousse’. Much like Champagne must be from the region in France, Prosecco must come from Prosecco. If you find a sparkling wine from Franciacorta, this is the region in Italy where they made wine with the same process as Champagne.

Sparkling wine can be made from entirely red grapes, entirely white grapes or a blend of both. Blanc de Blanc means there are only white grapes in champagne, blanc de noirs explains there is a white sparkling made of only red grapes, and then you have rosé!

1. Tinazzi, Prosecco Superiore, Brut, Valdobbiadene, Italy, NV

Made from the Glera grape, this a traditional style of prosecco with a fruit-forward palate and a vibrant mousse. This is a fun fresh and fruit-driven wine with notes of apple, pear, and citrus. 

Food Pairing: With its bright acidity this wine is a perfect match for charcuterie, grissini or as an aperitif.

2. Charles Ellner, Integral, Brut, Epernay, France NV

Made up of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir with no dosage and no malolactic fermentation, this champagne could not be any more fresh and crisp. A dry champagne with mouth-watering acidity, light on the palate with citrus and apples keeping your palate wanting more.

3. Charles Ellner, Premier Cru, Champagne, France, NV

With 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot noir, this wine is fresh with yellow apple and pear notes with a light toastiness. Stonefruit and citrus also linger in the background as the soft mouse dances on your tongue. This wine doesn’t need food as it is stunning alone but would be happy being poured next to grilled shrimp and other light seafood.

4. Pierre Peters, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Reserve, Brut, Champagne, France NV

Blended from 67 different parcels of fruit this Champagne shines with grapefruit, apple, and brioche on the nose with a fresh acidity. It does have an aging ability, but drink it now! The minerality is begging to be drank with some fresh oysters and lemon while in the sun!

5. Monmarthe, Privilege, Brut, Premier Cru, Reims, France NV

50% Pinot noir, and 50% chardonnay with notes of quince and honey this is a powerful wine. The Pinot noir gives it a rounded medium weighted body, while the chardonnay keeps it fresh.

6. Lanson, Noble Cuvee, Brut Rose, Reims, France NV

Lansons fragrance of old roses gradually gives way to slight citrus flavours on the palate, notes of orange peel and peaches further add the enjoyment of the wine. A gentle mousse sits lightly on the palate and opens up the flavours as time passes.

 




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