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Magnotta

Magnotta
NV Fleur D’Or Sparkling, Riesling-Vidal Blanc, Ontario

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: 2%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.95

Magnotta
NV Fleur D’Or Sparkling, Riesling-Vidal Blanc, Ontario

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: 2%
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeycomb, heritage apples, dried pineapple, honeydew melon, key lime, and minerals with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with touches of candy-coated aniseed, white peach, and slivered almonds with no oak flavor. Bright riesling character shines in this easy-to-love Canadian sparkler.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: honeycomb, heritage apples, dried pineapple, honeydew melon, key lime, and minerals
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with touches of candy-coated aniseed, white peach, and slivered almonds
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Fresh Trout With Brown Butter, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Bright riesling character shines in this easy-to-love Canadian sparkler.

The Producer

Magnotta Winery Corp.

The Producer
271 Chrislea Rd
Vaughan, ON L4L 8N6
Canada
1 905-738-9463

Their Portfolio

85 Magnotta NV Blanc de Blancs VQA Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula 13.6% (Canada) $16.95.
90 Magnotta NV Blanc de Noirs VQA Sparkling Rose, Niagara Peninsula 13.6% (Canada) $19.95.
84 Magnotta 2013 White Merlot VQA Special Reserve, Niagara Peninsula 12.2% (Canada) $13.95.
87 Magnotta 2015 Pinot2 "25th Anniversary", Niagara Peninsula 13.2% (Canada) $16.95.
83 Magnotta 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé VQA Equus Series, Niagara Peninsula 12.4% (Canada) $8.95.
87 Magnotta NV Fleur D’or , Ontario 12.8% (Canada) $24.95.
81 Magnotta NV Blanc De Noirs Sparkling Ice Wine Rosé, Niagara Peninsula 13.6% (Canada) $27.95.
84 Magnotta NV Blanc De Blancs , Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula 13.6% (Canada) $24.95.
88 Magnotta NV Fleur D’Or Sparkling, Riesling-Vidal Blanc, Ontario 12.8% (Canada) $24.95.
89 Magnotta NV Venture Series Starlight Sparkling, Riesling-Vidal Blanc, Ontario 12.6% (Canada) $25.95.
83 Magnotta NV The Silver Line G.Marquis Sparkling Ice Rosé , Niagara-on-the-Lake 13.2% (Canada) $27.95.
87 Magnotta NV The Silver Line GMarquis Blanc De Blancs Sparkling, Chardonnay-Vidal Blanc, Niagara-on-the-Lake 13% (Canada) $24.95.
84 Magnotta NV Blanc De Blancs , Chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula 13.6% (Canada) $24.95.
87 Magnotta Cider Co. Small Batch Cider 5.6% (Canada)
81 Magnotta Craft Ciders Apple Flavored Cider 5.6% (Canada)
85 Magnotta Craft Ciders Peach Flavored Cider 5.6% (Canada)
84 Magnotta Craft Ciders Raspberry Flavored Cider 5.6% (Canada)

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.