As we say goodbye to what may have been the most challenging year of our lives, let's count our blessings and celebrate our strengths by popping open one of these delicious sparkling wines made from organic grapes.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 2020 has been an excellent year for sparkling wine, with data showing a significant uptick in sales. After all, with a year like the one we've just faced, every victory – down to freshening up for a Zoom call – needs to be celebrated.
We've rounded up award-winning sparklers from large brands to boutique wineries; from champagne splurges to excellent value sparklers. Any and all are guaranteed to thrill your palate.
Champagne Lanson Le Green Label, Reims, France, NV, $75
This biodynamic beauty earned a 92 from Wine Spectator, writing a “racy acidity enlivens this lithe and vibrant Champagne, with the finely detailed mousse carrying well-knit flavors of black currant, slivered almond, and whole-grain toast, revealing apple blossom, chalk and citrus accents on the finish.” Tasting note: drink now.
Ferrari Trento Brut, Chardonnay, Trentodoc, Trentino, NV, $27
From the majestic mountains of Trentodoc – one of Italy’s premier sparkling wine regions – Ferrari Trento brought home the gold at the 2020 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships. This methodo classico sparkler is a brilliant classic with a fine perlage and delicate scents of white flowers.
André TIXIER & Fils, Brut Rosé, Montage de Reims, France, 2016, $65
Deep in France's coveted Chigny-les-Roses, a village classified as Premier Cru, André TIXIER& Fils is a family-owned winery whose wines boast a heavenly acidity with aromatic notes described as joyous. This deeply pink wine boasts depth and balanced freshness followed by a divine finish.
Alma Rosa Brut, Sta. Rita Hills, El Jabli, 2018, California $58
Hailing from the north-facing slopes of Santa Rosa Hills – a rising star appellation in California with limestone terroir coupled with an ocean breeze – this bottle boasts a harmony of bright florals with a creamy mouthfeel and delightful minerality.
Pizzolato M*USE Prosecco Spumante, Glera, Prosecco DOC, Veneto, Italy, NV, $18
Organic producer Pizzolato hand picks grapes from the northern Italian countryside in Treviso for this bubbly. Using the Charmat method for effervescence, the wine boasts a refreshing acidity and a delicious harmony of notes including jasmine, beeswax, Bosc pear, and hazelnut.
Handley Cellars, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, 2015 $56
Aged “en tirage” for 16 months, this is a New World sparkling with traditional notes. Notice how the delicate flavors transform on your palate: a hint of brioche to bright and tropical notes with soft acidity.
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Wolff Vineyards, Chardonnay, Edna Valley California, 2018, $40
For tiny bubble aficionados, this Blanc de Blanc sparkling from Edna Valley will ring your bell. A cool coastal climate, 45-year old Chardonnay vines, minimal influence, and champagne method make this lovely wine sing out of the glass.
Gorghi Tondi, Palmarès Brut, Grillo, Sicily, 2019, $20
Taste the fruits of Southwest Sicily with this fine sparkler. Produced using the Charmat method and made with grapes grown on a nature reserve, the result is a balanced bouquet of wildflowers, apple, and pear that finishes with a lovely almond-like finish.
Lapati Winery, Kidev Erti, Chinuri Pet Nat, Kakheti, Georgia, 2019, $28
For the adventurous palate, this sparkling natural wine is described as “tender yet powerful.” Two French winemakers living in Georgia blend French sparkling know-how with qvevri winemaking. The result is interesting and delicious as notes of pear and orange trees bemuse the palate.
Tarantas Cava, DO Cava, Valencia, Spain, NV, $17
Discover why this sparkler is "One of the Year’s Best Wines of 2020" from Wine & Spirits. Crafted from Macabeo and Chardonnay grapes with a second fermentation in the bottle, it gently expresses complexity with delicious fruity and floral notes.
Pizzolato “Paloma Rose” M*USE Spumante Rose Secco, Veneto, Italy, NV, $18
Hand picked from organic vineyards refreshed by the Piave River in northern Italy, Paloma Rose sparkling wine boasts aromas of almond, lemon, and ripe peaches with a satisfying aromatic finish. Silky and light, it delights the senses.
Handley Cellars, Brut Rosé, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California, 2016 $52
Crafted from grapes after a challenging yet bountiful 2016 harvest, this wine's inviting pale salmon hue and hints of rose petals and fruity notes delight the palate. The delicate perlage and round, long-lasting mouthfeel are deliciously satisfying.
Inkarri, Brut Sparkling, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, NV, $16.99
Inkarri's biodynamic bubbly from Mendoza delights the senses with notes of white flowers and peaches with a refreshingly bright finish. The terroir shines through, says wine critic Robert Parker, extolling its "excellent purity."
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