Bubbles!


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’ give 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. Maria Casanovas, Gran Reserva, Brut Nature, Cava, Spain, 2015

Toasty notes from the moment this wine is opened!  Moving into hints of citrus, apples, and nuts. With 0 gms dosage, this is a dry Cava with a racy acidity. 

Food Pairing: Enjoy alongside all the classics of Sparkling wines, but the structure lends itself towards being enjoyed with hard cheeses or anchovies and other Spanish tapas.

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.

Food Pairing: Would be happy being poured next to grilled shrimp and other light seafood.

4. Pierre Peters, Cuvee de Reserve, Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru, 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 aging abilities, but drink it now!

Food Pairing: The minerality is begging to be drank with some fresh oysters and lemon while in the sun!

5.  Monmarthe, Secret de Famille, Premier Cru, Brut, Champagne, France, NV

40% Pinot noir, 40% Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, with notes of white peach, plums, and white flowers, this is a powerful wine. The Pinot and Meunier give it a rounded medium weighted body, while the Chardonnay keeps it fresh! 

Food Pairing:  Enjoy with grilled Sole and or a Chopped salad.

6. Monmarthe, Rosé de Ludes, Premier Cru, Brut, Champagne, France, NV

This is a blend of Monmarthe white Champagne with a red, aka Coteaux Champenois. Medium-bodied, strawberries and black current sing through to a dry fresh finish. 

Food Pairing:  Enjoy with Charcuterie, or tuna tataki, this is a versatile wine, to be enjoyed tonight!                                                                                                     

 




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