BRUNELLO’S NOSE KNOWS….
Tiny Bubbles- Champagne and Sparkling wines for your celebrations.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as they say… a time when everyone loves to bring me treats and scratch my ears or rub my belly! And it seems like everyone is coming in to shop this time of year! One of the best reasons to celebrate with a toast and a glass of bubbles is the holiday season. So, whether it’s Prosecco or Rose’ or the real deal Champagne from that specific region of France, some of our favorites are the following.
A new Prosecco here at Ed’s from Ca Bolani Vineyards from Italy, made from the Glera grape, is made by the famous house that makes one of our best-selling Pinot Grigio’s. This light and effervescent wine offers flavors of almond and citrus. Before, after or with a meal, it is crisp, refreshing and goes with everything. I give it two bones!
Another newer item to our sparkling line up is a Spanish Cava , Juve’ and Camps Brut Rose’. This 100% Pinot Noir sparkling wine is from a family owned winery in the Penedes region of Catalonia. Only 12% alcohol, it is light and fresh with flavors of strawberry, cherries and truffles. I give it two bones!
American produce, Sterling Vineyards out of Napa, California has recently produced a sparkling wine, Sterling Blanc de Blanc with a Napa appellation; 100% Chardonnay. This wine shows aromas of green apple, lemon and citrus, with hints of flowers and a soft, creamy texture. I give it two bones!
One of our favorite Champagne houses is Billecart – Salmon. The Billecart family (pronounced bee ah cart) has been living in Champagne since the 16th century, and a marriage between Billecart and Salmon led to the founding of the estate in 1818. It is the oldest continuously owned and operated house in the Champagne region. Racy, fresh and structured, the Billecart Salmon Brut Rose’ non- vintage is classic- strawberry, cassis, with layers of brioche. It is elegant and sexy. I give it three bones!!
We also carry the Billecart Salmon Blanc de Blanc if you don’t want to drink pink. Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this lovely fine mousse of delicate bubbles is golden in color with intense fruits, nuts, hazelnut and buttered brioche flavors. I give it three bones!!
Charles Heidsieck is perhaps one of the most prestigious names in Champagne. Established in the late 1700’s, the bottles still age in centuries old cellars made of chalk. The Brut is opulent with flavors of mango, apricot and plum. The texture is creamy and velvety with a touch of vanilla and praline on the finish. Three bones on Brunello’s scale!!
The House of Bollinger, Champagne Bollinger (pronounced ball ee jay) has been producing Champagne since 1829, and is one of few houses to grow their own grapes. Consisting of mostly Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varietals, nearly 60% are house grown and hand tended. Bollinger has a strong commitment to the environment, uses sustainable farming practices and has reduced their use of herbicides and pesticides. Bollinger has also been the Champagne of choice for the majority of the James bond films. Three bones for Bollinger!
We hope you enjoy a glass or two of bubbly from Ed’s Fine Wines this holiday season, shared with the warmth of family or friends. See you soon! Cheers.
By Brunello Giancola as told to CRBrown