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Newport Vineyards

Newport Vineyards
2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling, Southeastern New England

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Vegetables

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: <1%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$37
Cellar Selection

Newport Vineyards
2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling, Southeastern New England

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Vegetables

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11% RS: <1%
Pale light golden amber color. Yeasty, fresh aromas of apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts with a round, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts
Taste Flavor: kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Duck Fat Fries, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.

The Producer

Newport Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
909 E Main Rd, Rte 138
Middletown, RI 02842
USA
1 401-848-5161

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.