With graduations happening all around us right now, why not celebrate with a little bubbly? If you have a lot of graduation parties to attend, you may find yourself bringing a little gift to each, and that gift-giving could add up real fast. Why not bring a quality bottle of sparkling wine that doesn’t break the bank, but has all the accolades to seem like it did?
We can help you select a celebratory bottle of sparkling wine instead of lugging beers around. Make no mistake about it, we like beer…we just have some great sparkling wine options to share for the price of a 30-pack. If you like summer brews that invite lemons or oranges into the glass, we have a dazzling Rose Cuvee. Maybe you dig Italian beers like Peroni, so we offer you an Italian sparkler. Lastly, we have high scoring Brut Cava for the price of a 6-pack.
Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget
Roederer Estate Brut
Non-Vintage from North Coast, California
Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world. Roederer’s winemaking style is based on two elements: ownership of its own vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year’s blend or cuvée. All the grapes for the Anderson Valley wines are grown on the Estate. Each year, the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in Center of France oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor.
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine & Spirits: 91
Connoisseurs’ Guide: 91
The Wine News: 90
If you like lemon or oranges in your summer beer…
Domaine Carneros Brut Rose Cuvee de la Pompadour
Rosé from Carneros, California
The Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé Cuvée de la Pompadour, celebrates the life and times of Madame de Pompadour (the great courtesan and mistress of Louis XV) who is credited with introducing Champagne to the court and was an influential tastemaker in the matters of art, architecture and philosophy–famous for her comment, “Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful.”
Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is a wine of great balance, emphasizing fruity and floral characteristics to a greater extent than evident in the Brut or Le Rêve. It is made strictly with artisan attention to quality, with sourcing exclusively from Carneros and the use of time-honored Champenoise methods of production. A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, the Brut Rosé is meant to be enjoyed at a fairly young age, when the fruity character is still predominant yet there is enough age to make the wine round and balanced. The wine’s aroma has hints of wild strawberries and roses with notes of peach Although a pale pink in color, Brut Rosé is not sweeter than our other wines.
It is a true Brut.
The Wine News: 92
Connoisseurs’ Guide: 90
Enjoy Italian beer like Peroni…
La Marca Prosecco Di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene
Non-Vintage from Veneto, Italy
This sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.
Wine Spectator: 90
Cristalino Brut Cava
Non-Vintage from Spain
Straw color, smooth and fresh aromas; fine and fruity palate with a dry aftertaste. Clean, dry and crisp with citrus and apple flavors.
Wine & Spirits: 91 Points