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Villa Maria

Villa Maria
2016 Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .57%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$15

Villa Maria
2016 Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: .57%
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of tomato leaf, pyrazines canvas, under ripe lemons, and ruby grapefruit with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, short finish with cottony, papery tannins and no oak flavor. A bold nose and round flavors call for high-acid pairings; try with fried green tomates.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: tomato leaf, pyrazines canvas, under ripe lemons, and ruby grapefruit
Taste Flavor: delightful, short
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold nose and round flavors call for high-acid pairings; try with fried green tomates.

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Ste. Michelle Wine Estates/Chateau Ste. Michelle

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14111 NE 145th St
Woodinville, WA 98072
USA
1 425-488-1133

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.