Wine Spectator-Carneros, Spain- ""Agilely balances crisp and creamy details with lemon tart and toasted nut aromas, featuring layered flavors of lemon zest and cinnamon brioche..."" Pair this bubbly Chardonnay with roasted veggies, soft, and hard sharp cheeses for a wonderful treat.
Carneros straddles the southernmost portions of the Sonoma and Napa valleys and lies north of the San Pablo Bay (an offshoot of the San Francisco Bay). Bay winds and fog, created when warm inland air meets cool sea air, keep temperatures relatively low, making this California wine region perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Champagne and the best sparkling wines share the unique quality of making any occasion special – and of making special occasions that much more magical. The pop of a cork has traditionally signaled the start of a celebration, after all.
Yet the great secret of Champagne and other sparkling wines is that they are good all the time. There’s no need to wait for New Year’s Eve to enjoy a sparkling wine, when affordable and delicious bubblies are increasingly produced in all of the world’s great winemaking regions. Dry sparklers, with their zesty, palate-cleansing acidity, are marvelous food wines. So it’s easy to incorporate fun sparkling wines into your happy hour, or a casual brunch or dinner. Sweeter sparkling wines keep the party going through dessert. The setting doesn’t have to be fancy: The Italians, who know a few things about food and wine, like to pair their sparkling Prosecco with potato chips.