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The holidays are upon us and champagne and sparkling wines are finding their way into a lot of homes for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Oddly enough, New Year’s Eve and other celebratory occasions are the only time most people enjoy bubbly. Nowadays, with so many affordable sparkling options, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion. The special occasion is when you let the cork fly and taste the wine. Sparkling wines are very food friendly and come in many varieties, so make a habit of keeping a bottle or two in the fridge to enjoy anytime. Today’s sparkling selection comes from the Biltmore Estate Winery, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Biltmore Estate Winery has over ninety-four acres of vines planted with European grape varieties. The winery also augments their production by sourcing fruit from growing partners throughout the U.S.
2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs
The 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs [Brut] is made in the traditional method from Chardonnay wine grapes sourced from a grower in California’s Russian River Valley. In the glass, the wine displays a pale straw yellow color with tiny bubbles that tingle and refresh. The (NOTE: no swirling a sparkling wine...disturbs the bubbles) sniff offers pear, a touch of toasted bread, and soft citrus fruit aromas. The palate is clean and bright with lemon curd, tart apple, and faint yeasty notes. I enjoyed this bubbly with a Cajun-style blackened tilapia sandwich and the pairing was lip-smacking delicious. This wine retails for $24.99 and clocks in at a moderate 12.2% ABV. While tasty, I look forward to trying a home-grown wine from the Biltmore Estate Winery. I hear North Carolinians are not only producing, but growing some nice wines that rarely get out of the state. Like Virginia, North Carolina may just be one of the best kept secrets on the east coast.
For a local [Virginia] sparkling twist, check out sparkling wine selections from Thibaut-Janisson, Barboursville, Kluge Estate, and Horton Winery. Many of these selections may be available at your local wine shop.. Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!
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