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A California Sparkler for the Holidays

As we wind down at work and get closer to the holidays, it’s time to unwind those wire cages and release some bubbles and holiday cheer.  What better way than with one of California’s original sparkling wine house’s finest blanc de blancs.  Schramsberg, the iconic Napa Valley winery which has been in operation on and off over the last one hundred and fifty years produces some of California’s most outstanding sparkling wine.  In the hands of the Davies family since the 1960’s it gained international recognition when selected by President Nixon in the 1972 “toast to peace” in Bejing, China. 

Schramsberg was also the first California winery to produce a sparkling wine made predominately of Chardonnay.  Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Vintage 2009 ($27.99) is notable for its crisp acidity and notes of bright green apple as well as pear and a slight citrus.  While this sparkler certainly stands on its own, it will pair well with seafood especially crab which is in season now.  If you’re feeling adventurous I also recommend it with fried dishes such as chicken or shrimp.  Happy Holidays and enjoy the bubbles!

Bill A., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant

Bill A., Beltramo’s Wine Consultant

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