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Loma Prieta

Loma Prieta
2014 Sparkling Pinotage Blanc de Noirs, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$49

Loma Prieta
2014 Sparkling Pinotage Blanc de Noirs, Lodi

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of struck match, green apple, and buttermilk with a silky, lively, fizzy, dryish light body and a brisk finish with notes of brie rind and lemon drop with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A festive sparkler for cheese pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: struck match, green apple, and buttermilk
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of brie rind and lemon drop
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Port Salut, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A festive sparkler for cheese pairings.

The Producer

Loma Prieta Winery

The Producer
2072 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
USA
1 408-353-2950

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.