Full Review

Horton Vineyards

Horton Vineyards
NV Sparkling, Viognier, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$30

Horton Vineyards
NV Sparkling, Viognier, Virginia

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Straw color. Fruity aromas of lemon zest, lime, baked apricot, hazelnut studded brioche, and pineapple with a silky, lively, effervescent, dryish light body and a cheery lime popsicle finish with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A citrusy and bright sparkler with great nutty accents.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: lemon zest, lime, baked apricot, hazelnut studded brioche, and pineapple
Taste Flavor: lime popsicle
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Comte, Port Salut, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A citrusy and bright sparkler with great nutty accents.

The Producer

Horton Vineyards

The Producer
6399 Spottswood Trl
Gordonsville, VA 22942
USA
1 540-832-7440

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.