Category Archives: SPARKLING WORLDWIDE

Mestres Clos Damiana 2004

Heretat Mestres, Brut Nature, Clos Damiana, DO Cava Gran Reserva, Saint Sadurni d’Anoia, Alt Penedès, Catalonia, Spain, 2004 On Cava. This wine: lot No.12NDB9717 (on back label), a blend of 65% xarel·lo, 20% macabeo, and 15% parellada; base wines are … Continue reading

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Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero 2016

Produced by Azienda Agricola Padroggi La Piotta, for Hay Wines, Metodo Classico, 1231 Vintage Brut, DOCG Oltrepò Pavese, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy, 2016 This wine: lot No. L7173 (on rear label), organic, varietal pinot noir, aged for 36 months on the … Continue reading

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Touraine sparkling NV

Domaine du Chapitre, Perle Chapitre, Methode Traditionelle, AOC Touraine, Loir et Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France, NV On Touraine and Cremant de  Loire I wondered why this wine was not produced under the more well-known AOP Cremant de Loire. The … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – Austria

What Austrian Sekt is a sparkling wine made by tank, transfer, or traditional method. It was first produced in 1846 by Schlumberger, where it remains in production today (3). In June 2016 a 3-step quality pyramid was introduced, with minima of … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – nascent regions

In this post I will be looking at India and China. India (Nashik Region – because LVMH is establishing there, and they know exactly where to plant) At 20N, the climate is a bit on an issue.  Table grapes are … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – South America

South America As a sweeping statement – most home produced sparkling wine is consumed domestically, mostly with a fruit forward style, using the charmat method. Crucial acidity is maintained by virtue of altitude, latitude, or climate moderation through proximity to … Continue reading

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Sparkling wine – mainland Australia

What Australia would not be the first place to think of to make world-class cool climate champagne style wines.  But, providing cool sites can be found, by virtue of altitude, latitude, or both, then fundamentally this is possible.  Other factors … Continue reading

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