Full Review

Chiare

Chiare
2016 Blanc de Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$14.99

Chiare
2016 Blanc de Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: <1%
Yellow color. Fresh, floral aromas of orange blossom, wild grapes, kiwi, and gooseberry with a glycerous, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, easy orange Pez finish with soft tannins and no oak flavor. A bright sparkler for daytime fun.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Non-Oaky & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: orange blossom, wild grapes, kiwi, and gooseberry
Taste Flavor: orange Pez
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and in cocktails
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright sparkler for daytime fun.

The Producer

Independence Wine Services

The Producer
22280 Geyserville Avenue
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 847-208-6020

Their Portfolio

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Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.