Tis the season when everyone starts writing about their favorite holiday sparklers to celebrate the end, and beginning, of the year.
As a bubblehead, I strongly believe that simply waking up is enough of an excuse to celebrate with bubbles. Even if I chose to enjoy said bubbles a bit later in the day (ok, most of the time). 🙂
That said, last week I stopped by Paradise Ridge Winery’s tasting room in Kenwood, California to check out their newly released 2014 Blanc de Blanc.
A sparkler from Bazzano Vineyard
This Blanc de Blanc uses Chardonnay grapes from Bazzano Vineyard in the Russian River Valley AVA in Santa Rosa. Owned by Phil Bazzano, the vineyard is certified sustainable and is dry farmed.
It’s location makes it prone to enjoying early morning fog and it often experiences cold winds from the ocean which helps make for crisp, well balanced, acidic Chardonnays.
The Chardonnay grapes used to make this sparkling wine are Martini clone grapes. Martini clones, which were developed in the mid-20th century, were essential in making the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the “Judgement of Paris” that put American wines on the international wine spotlight.
How does it taste?
I really enjoy Paradise Ridge’s sparklers and their 2014 Blanc de Blanc is no exception. They make delicious, consistent sparkling wines, despite being best known as a still wine house.
A touch of ginger hits the nose with refreshing yeast followed by a delicious, lemon zest infusion with a touch of Kefir lime and brioche bread. The acid is lovely and there is a nice minerality to it, which speaks to the deep rooted soil in which this wine’s grapes thrived.
This Blanc de Blanc would be perfect to pair with shrimp with a very spicy cocktail sauce or a tasty white fish with a lemon beurre blanc sauce. Even better, with fresh madeleines and cream.
Or, if you’re like me, the only pairing you need is yourself and Amazon Prime TV.