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Snooth User: dmcker

Good sparkling wines not from France, Italy or Spain

Original post by dmcker, Nov 11, 2009.

Since this subject never gets discussed on Snooth, I'm throwing out a challenge regarding New World sparkling wines. What are the sparkling wines we've found from the New World that are as good as, or in many cases better than large batches of the Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas, etc. from Europe?

I'm most familiar with the offerings from California, so I'll start there. Most of the producers I'll be mentioning are taking aim at Champagne (and in some cases got their start with money and expertise from France), rather than anywhere else. I imagine the Pacific Northwest, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America and elsewhere wll have proponents, too, so let's hear about them. But try to bear Old World gold standards in mind for comparison, please, where possible.

I've found that producers like the following can make wines of exquisite character. Titratable acidity, pH and dosage values are the same as those from the best of Champagne, and their versions sell at considerably lower prices than those from France.
--Roederer Estate

Even at the $20 price point, virtually every important label from the following list is going to taste a lot like their Champenoise counterparts, go in the same way with various foods, yet sell for half the price or less. And compared to NV champers that often include lesser varietals and don't reach our tables for several years after bottling, you'll usually find wines from these makers to be more crisp, vital and just plain delicious than their counterparts.
--Domaine Chandon
--Dom Carneros
--Schramsberg’s Mirabelle bottlings

OK, so the floor's open. Any comments on these wines, or any others you want to recommend?

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Reply by Nicki Gig, Mar 24, 2010.

I realize it's been a couple months since anyone has responded to this chain but I wanted to agree with everything that everyone has to say about Domaine Carneros.  It's a beautiful visit and their sparkling wines are lovely!  My fiance and I ended up shipping back a jerobaum to have as a surprise treat at our annual holiday wine & cheese party!  What has not been given much attention to is Dr. Konstantin Frank.  This winery offers incredible sparkling wines done in the traditional method.  And if anyone has a chance to visit the Finger Lakes, stopping by Dr Frank is a must!  Not to mention a behind the scenes tour you could potentially receive of the mechanics and intense labor of love that goes into producing their sparkling.  

Reply by amour, Mar 26, 2010.


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