Wine of the Week: 2010 Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs • Napa Valley, USA

2010 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs

True or False: When celebrating, one must always celebrate with a flashy French champagne. Before you answer that question — and I do love French champagne — try sipping a California sparkling wine. Try it once, and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy a glass of 2010 Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs. Schramsberg is one of the Big Three in California “champagne” production (Roederer and Scharffenberger are the others). Schramsberg’s all-white grape bubbly is 100% Chardonnay made in the méthode champenoise as produced in the Champagne region of France (secondary fermentation in the bottle). Pale, light, dry, crisp. Look for notes of citrus and toasty brioche. Recently, we had a great moment of celebration involving my niece. As a surprise, she brought home this sparkling California wine with tiny, tiny, tiny bubbles. You know what they say. Le plus infime des bulles plus le verre.* Still thinking about whether you should buy a California bubbly? Think again. Since 2013, California has sold approximately 9 million cases of sparkling wine (wine source: Vivino). Hey, someone is enjoying this stuff. $39/bottle.

*The tinier the bubbles, the better the glass.

Francine Lubera, CSW

Francine Lubera, a Certified Specialist of Wine, is the owner and CEO of Sofia Volo, whose mission is to introduce the enjoyable experiences of pairing wine for new and current wine lovers and to take the snob out of wine tasting, one casual tasting party at a time.

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