2017 Bubbly Buying Guide
We are often asked when we will release a Foot Of The Bed sparkling wine. While it is certainly something we are working on for the future, it won't be available for some time after this upcoming New Year's Eve celebration. To ensure our members are still able to ring in 2018 with a proper glass of bubbles, I've narrowed down five of my favorite sparklers with a few notes on what makes them so great and a little bit of info on where to get a bottle before next Sunday rolls around.
Raventos i Blanc 'De La Finca' Gran Reserva Brut, Conca Del Riu Anoia, Spain 2013
$29.99 on klwines.com and K and L in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Hollywod
This family-owned winery utilizes local grape varieties to produce one of Catalunya's most impressive sparkling wines. Made using the same labor-intensive method as Champagne, this sparkling wine shows notes of green apple skin, lime, and a salty minerality.
Pierre Moncuit Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France NV
$44.99 at dandm.com and at D and M liquors at Filmore and California in San Francisco
The village of Le Mesnil Sur Oger is known for having some of the best Chardonnay vines in all of the Champagne region. It is here that Nicole Moncuit crafts wines of precision and transparency from her family's plantings. This bottling is citrus driven with an intense chalky minerality.
Caraccioli Cellars Brut Cuvée, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Ca 2010
$51.99 on Wine.com
Coastal winds travel up the Salinas Valley to cool this hilly growing region. The resulting climate is ideal for crafting elegant, refreshing sparkling wines. The Caraccioli family sets the benchmark in the region, with this flagship bottling showing notes of baked apple, lemon rind, and freshly baked biscuits. Truly world-class, really from Monterey.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Champagne, France NV
$74.99 at klwines.com or at K and L in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Hollywood.
The family-owned house of Billecart-Salmon produces an array of Champagnes, but they are best known for their rosé bottling. This Champagne has a creamy texture, but it still light on the palate, showing notes of freshly picked strawberries, raspberries and cracked white pepper.
Vilmart & Cie 'Couer De Cuvée' Brut, Champagne, France 2005
$129.99 at wineex.com or The Wine Exchange in Santa Ana, Ca
Vilmart is one of the oldest organically farmed producers in Champagne. The house style is one of opulent textures and rich flavors, both on display in this prestige vintage bottling. Notes of red berries, baked pears, and toasted brioche are just a few of the flavors to be found in this full-bodied, incredibly complex Champagne.