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The Best North American Champagne Alternatives

Forbes Magazine
November 9, 2017
By Amber Gibson

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We know it's only champagne if it's made in Champagne. But you just might mistake these méthode champenoise sparkling wines from North American wine regions for the real thing.

Inman Family's 2012 OGV Estate Blanc de Noir

Winemaker Kathleen Inman is well-known for subtle Pinot Noir with high acid that pairs well with food, but she also makes a couple of sexy sparkling wines – a brut rosé and blanc de noir. This is a rare single vineyard, single vintage sparkling wine from California and it is magnificent. Many California producers tend toward higher levels of sweetness. Not Inman. After experimenting with several dosage levels using various base wines before disgorging, she settled on the no-dosage control. “It seems appropriate for my winemaking style,” she says. “My goal is always to make all of the Inman wines as naturally as possible without additions."

All the grapes are coming from the organically farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard, allowing for the truest expression of terroir in a crisp, bone-dry wine that pairs beautifully with food. Bright notes of green apple and lemon are balanced with nutty, toasty undertones. Inman also just disgorged a new 2014 blanc de noir just in time for the holiday season, called Whole Buncha Bubbles.

100% Pinot Noir
.036 g/L of sugar
3 years on the lees
266 cases produced