New York produces some seriously spectacular sparkling wines. The Empire State has the ideal cool climate to make sparkling wines. This year like many, we are planning on staying local and so we plan on supporting and drinking local with New York bubbly.
Sparkling wines from New York is not a new trend, its history goes back 160 years. For example, Pleasant Valley Wine Company in the Finger Lakes is one of the oldest wineries in the United States, dating back to the 1860s. There is a vast array of styles of sparkling wines from New York with indigenous hybrids to international varieties. Wines are made in distinct styles from traditional methods to a more modern style. Be sure to drink New York bubbles for this New Year, because they are insanely good. Keep in mind these wines are great to celebrate the New Year but are wonderful sippers for year-round imbibing. Here are five sparklers that showcase the diversity of New York Bubbles.
Milea Estate Vineyard 2017 “Proceedo” Sparkling Rosé (Hudson River Valley) ($19.00)
Proceedo is a sparkling wine that is a blend of premium hybrid and vinifera grapes. It is a blend of Merlot, Blaufrankish, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Vidal. This sparkling rosé is made with a forced carbonation process. The idea is to have just a light sparkle, like a frizzante to elevate your rosé experience with the freshness of bubbles. Winemaker Bruce Tripp says the balanced fruit and crisp acidity make it a wonderful wine to kick back and relax on a summer afternoon.
Pleasant Valley Wine Company NV Gold Seal Blanc de Blanc (Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake) ($14.00)
Pleasant Valley Wine Company is one of the oldest bonded wineries in the United States, dating back to the 1860s. A blend of Cayuga, Aurore and Seyval varieties, the Blanc de Blanc is naturally fermented in the bottle and carefully aged to ensure a finer bubble and superior sparkling wine experience. Owner and winemaker Patrick Doyle says the wine can be drunk anytime, you can dress it up or dress it down depending on the event, the company or food pairing.
Glenora Wine Cellars 2013 Brut (Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake) ($30.00)
This award-winning wine has elegant yeast and fruit that delightfully intermingle. The wine exhibits delicate strawberry and apple flavors. This sparkling wine has filled into tirage for the secondary fermentation during the summer of 2014, producing a profusion of tiny bubbles that explode to the surface upon opening the bottle. The blend is classically proportioned with 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay. The moderate dosage adds luscious creaminess to this bubbly. Winemaker Steve DiFrancesco says this bubbly is very versatile and pairs well with almost anything. Great with fried chicken and especially spicy foods.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Blanc de Noir 2016 (Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake)($40)
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery has been producing estate-grown wines for over 60 years. The winery was started by Dr. Konstantin Frank, a Ukrainian immigrant in 1962. He was the first person to successfully plant European grape varieties(Vitis Vinifera) in the Eastern part of the United States. The wine a rare and unique blend of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir from their estate vineyards on Keuka Lake. The wine shows characters of fresh pastry dough, Bartlet pear, lemon curd, and minerality. The crisp acidity and subtle mineral undertones give the wine great structure and elegance. Leading with a fine mousse, the mouthfeel is creamy and profound with a long crisp apple finish. General Manager Maeghan Frank says the best way to enjoy this wine is with Filet Mignon. The mix of red grapes allows it to stand up to heavier meat dishes.
Lenz Winery 2014 Cuvee (North Fork, Long Island) ($40)
Lenz is a historic winery in North Fork that was planted in 1978. This Cuvée is crisp and refreshingly dry. Bright flavors of white and red cherry lead on to a long finish with hints of lime zest to keep your palate busy. At Lenz, they do everything by hand, including riddling and disgorgement. Winemaker Thomasa Spotteck says the bubbles are best enjoyed with shellfish or fresh oysters.