Fizz the Season: 4 Swoon-Worthy Sparkling Wines
What’s brunch without some bubbly? Some might say “breakfast,” but we say “unacceptable.” Whether it’s an Easter celebration or you’re simply craving something sparkling, we have the best bubbles made locally. —Compiled by Megan Wiskus
Wise Villa Blanc de Blancs
PURCHASE: Wise Villa Winery, 4200 Wise Road, Lincoln, 916-543-0323, wisevillawinery.com
TASTING NOTES: Handcrafted at Wise Villa’s estate where it’s aged on the lees for five months then bottled using the traditional charmat method, this brut sparkling wine displays delicate fruit aromatics of apple, honeysuckle, citrus, and minerality with a crisp, off-dry finish and pleasant effervescence.
Gwinllan Estate Sparkling Rosé
PURCHASE: Gwinllan Estate, 7060 Fairplay Road, Somerset, 530-723-2879, gwinllanestate.com
TASTING NOTES: This 2018 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition winner is made using 100-percent estate-grown Pinot Noir grapes in the true champagne method: méthode champenoise. The velvety flavors of black cherry and nectarine titillate your taste buds and make your mouth water with a silky and crisp finish, while beautiful and elegant aromas of fresh strawberries, Fuji apples, and quince entice your senses.
Heringer Estates Canned Bubbly Rosé
PURCHASE: Heringer Estates, 37375 Netherlands Road, Suite 203, Clarksburg, 916-744-1919, heringerestates.com
TASTING NOTES: This portable sparkling wine—the perfect poolside and garden party companion—will tickle your tongue with bright flavors of fresh berries, sweet vanilla, and flower petals. Pair it with strawberry shortcake, vanilla ice cream, sunshine, and friends for the ultimate afternoon delight.
KarmÈre Marta Karla Almond
PURCHASE: Karmère Vineyards & Winery, 11970 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, 209-245-5000, karmere.com
TASTING NOTES: Reminiscent of a liquid bear claw, this sparkling wine is perfect alongside pastries or fresh fruit and hits the perfect balance between sweet and dry, thanks to hints of mascarpone and almonds.