Wednesday, December 28, 2011

All the More Reason to Celebrate: Sparkling Wines Going Green

Terra Savia's Blanc de Blanc, $23
Tis the season to raise a glass of the bubbly, so I am rerunning this post (originally published in the spring of 2011).

Celebrating with a glass of "green champagne" is getting easier.

I counted up the number of producers offering organic bubbly this week and came up with 8 current vintages (with more on the way).

Mendocino, the greenest wine region, currently leads the pack with a total of six - count 'em - six CCOF certified "made with organic grapes" sparkling wines:

Sparkling Whites

1. 2006 Blanc de Blanc, Terra
Savia, organic, $23 (usually available at Whole Foods)
2. Brut, McFadden, $25
3. NV Brut, Paul Dolan, organic, $27.99
4. 2005 Brut, Jeriko Estate, organic, $38.95

Sparkling Rose's

5. 2005 Brut Rose, Jeriko Estate, organic, $48.95
6. 2006 Brut Rose, Handley Cellars, $40

Russian River and Napa

Other organic sparkling wines from California include:
1. Organic Brut, Korbel, organic,  $15 (Russian River)
2. 2007 Rose Cuvee de la Pompadour, Domaine Carneros, organic, $36 (Carneros)

Newer vintages from Domaine Carneros (starting with 2010) will be organic.

1 comment:

  1. Pam,

    Thanks for your continued support. Because we sold out our advertised Wine of the Month for December, we have been discounting our McFadden Sparkling Brut 35% for our Wine Club Members this week so it has been flying out of the tasting room at just $16.25 for most folks, 100% organically grown family farmed grapes from the 2009 vintage - though labeled NV, 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, 100% Yummy.

    Next year, we will add a Sparkling Brut Rose to our line up, but at only 100 cases, it may sell out upon release at our July 14, 2102 annual Wine Club Appreciation BBQ Dinner and Dance at McFadden Farm in Potter Valley.

    Happy New Year's and endless Cheer!

    John Cesano
    McFadden Vineyard
    (707) 744-84636