5 U.S. Sparkling Wines for Valentine’s Day

7th February 2017


Valentine’s Day. It’s a day for flowers, chocolate and celebrations. A long-standing holiday used to symbolize love or the lack there of. It is a way to make single people feel bad for being single and men feel the need to live up to some overhyped made-up holiday. I’ll get off my soapbox. If the thought of picking up a bottle of Champagne to celebrate tickles your fancy, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these 5 sparkling wines made in the U.S. and in the traditional methode champenoise that no doubt will surely impress even the coldest heart.

Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay

This 100% Chardonnay Cuvee made in the Virginia Terroir is bright with notes of apples and pears and is refreshing, flavorful and perfect to pair with caviar. Claude Thibaut and Manual Janisson take their French wine making process to create an elegant sparkling wine is crisp and well-balanced.

2007 J. Schram 

The 2007 J. Schram is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made in the traditional method champenoise in California and is part of their limited production wines. It is aged seven years on the vine and this process allows for low sugar and high acidity. It has notes of pineapple, fig and green apple that complement the slight sweetness on the finish. It has a beautiful golden color and pairs well with a variety of food.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs

Blanc de Blancs are considered Champagne workhorses and this 100% hand-picked Chardonnay sparkling wine is no exception. This wine is acidic fresh, and elegant on the palate. It has lively notes of pear and Meyer lemon and is best to drink now.

Laetitia Brut Rosé

Rosé’s popularity in the U.S. has been an upward trajectory over the past few years and this includes sparkling. Laetitia’s fruit bomb rosé is delicious on its own but works best paired with food. This Chardonnay and pinot blend works in all seasons.

Gruet Sauvage

This sparkling wine is from New Mexico. Yes, you read it correctly. It has sass, delivers flavor and exceptional non-sweet taste thanks to no additional sugars being added. This Blanc de Blancs is bone dry and 100% Chardonnay pairs well with food from potato chips to pâté.

Glass of Bubbly

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