Full Review

Great Western

Great Western
NV Sparkling Burgundy, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11

Great Western
NV Sparkling Burgundy, New York State

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12%
Burnt sienna color. Aromas of concord grape jelly and black olives with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length sun dried tomato, carob, dried figs, and raspberry jam finish. A distinctive red sparkler with huge fruit flavors mingling with earthy notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: concord grape jelly and black olives
Taste Flavor: sun dried tomato, carob, dried figs, and raspberry jam
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive red sparkler with huge fruit flavors mingling with earthy notes.

The Producer

Pleasant Valley Wine Company

The Producer
8260 Pleasant Valley Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840
USA
1 315- 414 6367

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.