The Champagne Train is rolling into Corvallis and boy howdy, is it ever a long one! I'm using "Champagne" as a generic term for any sparkling wine, because over the next two days we will be opening sparkling wines of the Cava, Prosecco, Methode Champenoise, Cremants as well as true and gorgeous Grower Champagne traditions. Not only do we have these 15 wonderful wines for you to try, but also scads of other amazing wines that are simply perfect for ushering out 2015 and ringing in the new 2016!
King Estate, 2008, Methode Champenoise, Blanc de Noirs, Oregon
100% Pinot Noir aged for 26 months on the lees. This is a limited run and once it's gone...well, the train has left the station!
Argyle, Extended Tirage Brut, 2005, Methode Champenoise, Oregon
This wine has been a tough one to get for the past 3 or 4 years and am I ever happy to see it back on the shelves! Disgorgement was just this last June 2015 and it is a blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. I've yet to try the wine, but it is high on my list for this year. Also, very limited and difficult to secure.
Lamarca, Prosecco O.E.C., La Marca Trevigiana, Prosecco, Italy
Solely crafted from Glera grapes in the Charmat method of sparkling wine making (secondary sugar added to wine in tank prior to bottling) that allows for this wine to shine with wonderful aromatics and juicy mouth-watering acidity!
Brut Blanc de Blancs, Treveri Cellars, Columbia Valley, Washington
This is such a crazy good wine that will boggle your mind to think that it really came from our northern friends in Washington! 100% Chardonnay. Treveri has only been around since 2010, but already they have been served at White House State Department events and the James Beard Foundation in New York.
Rose' Spumante, Pertimali Sassetti, Cole Argento, Tuscany, Italy
Blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Incrocio Manzoni, all organically farmed and fermented with native yeasts. Delicate mousse with aromas of strawberries, plums and violets.
Code Noir, Henri Giraud, Ay, Champagne, France
100% Pinot Nor celebrating the 2007 decoding of the vine genome from Pinot Noir...pretty geeky!
Liesse d' Harbonville, Ployez-Jacquemart, Champagne, France
From the extremely chalky region of Montagne de Reims in the Grand Cru Villages of Ludes and Mailly, this wine is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier. After its fermentation it spends 10 years in cellars before release.
Juve y Camps, Cava, Reserva de la Familia, 2010, Penedes, Spain
2700 acres of family vineyards produces Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo grapes for their sparkling wines. Reputed to be the favored wine of Spain's royal family and served at all official banquets!
Secco, 2014, Italian Bubbles, Charles Smith Wines, Prosecco, Italy
Grower-driven, vintage-dated, pure and fresh, Secco Italian Bubbles defines "the dolce vita". While this wine is made in the Prosecco region, it is made with some Chardonnay, thus throwing the baby out with the bath water from allowing this wine to be fully qualified as a "Pro"secco.
Prosecco, Casa Vinicola Zonin, Friuli, Veneto, Italy
A wine so bright and cheerful that you could enjoy it with any occasion or any meal! "It's not just a sparkling wine, but a wine that sparkles!"
Soter, Methode Champenoise, Brut Rose, 2010, Mineral Springs, Carlton, Oregon
Sparkling Oregon wine taking on tremendous personal accolades! (meaning, lots of customers praising their experience with this wine!) Alluring huckleberry and cranberry with hints of baked apple. Dry on the palate with tantalizing minerality!
Thierry Triolet, Brut Rose, Cotes de Sezanne, Champagne, France
A charming wine made of Chardonnay and blended with 15% red wine that is made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
Vilmart & Co, Grand Cellar D' Or, 2008, Rilly la Montagne, Champagne, France
80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir with 10 months of aging in 228 L casks. Intense, golden, lemon and yellow in color with very fine and persistent bubbles.
J. Lassalle, Brut, Premier Cru, Chigny Les Roses, Champagne, France
100% Chardonnay from 50+ year-old vines. Racy and chalky! I love the Lassalle wine for the acid-driven complimentary association with food!
Marc Hebrart, Brut, Premier Cru, Cuvee De Reserve, Vallee de la Marne, Champagne, France
100% Chardonnay with the ability to lure even the most skeptical bubbles drinker! When something is so good, I hate to use the term "training wheels" but really, this wine is a common ground for newbies and entrenched veterans!
Cheers, best wishes and may we all have a happy and proseperous 2016 that is safe and rewarding!
Joel and the Corvallis Brewing Supply team, Ashley, Travis and Max