Full Review

St. Clair Winery

St. Clair Winery
NV Brut, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15
Best Buy

St. Clair Winery
NV Brut, New Mexico

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11%
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of linen, green apple, white cranberry, lemon curd, dried apricot, caramel, and white flowers with a supple, racy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish manifesting notes of coconut and popcorn with a suggestion of oak flavor. A racy sparkler with delicate notes of fruits and flowers; can withstand cellar time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: linen, green apple, white cranberry, lemon curd, dried apricot, caramel, and white flowers
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of coconut and popcorn
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A racy sparkler with delicate notes of fruits and flowers; can withstand cellar time.

The Producer

Southwest Wines

The Producer
1325 Debaca Rd SE
Deming, NM 88030
USA
1 575-546-9324

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.