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Five Celebratory Sparklers, From Parties to Proposals

Forbes Magazine
December 29, 2015
By Jeanne O'Brien Coffey

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Sure, it’s easy to reach for Champagne when there’s something to celebrate. But there is a wide world of sparkling wines out there, from Spanish Cava to Italian Prosecco to a number of domestic U.S. producers crafting interesting bubbles. Here are five of my favorites, just in time to pop a cork for New Years Eve.

Inman Family Wines 2012 Blanc de Noir ($68)

Meditate on endless tiny bubbles while enjoying an exceptionally long finish in this single vineyard sparkler made from 100% Pinot Noir from Kathleen Inman’s Olivet Grange Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Disgorged on October 26th, just in time for the holidays, only 266 cases of this elegant tipple were produced. The tart, refreshing palate, with hints of green apple and hibiscus, is delicate, with some minerality and very food friendly. Oh, and it would look lovely with an engagement ring at the bottom of the glass.