The Dozen Vol. 25 No. 11

The Dozen – Daily Bubbles

Value-priced sparkling wines, mostly under $20, mostly from Italy.

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If you have Champagne tastes, don’t give up on finding those sparkling wines from the Marne, even if there is a relative shortage.  But if you want to drink bubbly every day, then here are affordable wines mostly under $20.

And remember, an open bottle of sparkling wine stored in the fridge will keep its bubbles and most of its flavors for a few days.

NV Virgili Luigi “Pyarö” Garda Extra Brut ($7). Light body with stone fruit flavors and notes of savory seasonings.

NV Riondi Garda Brut ($10). Good savory and gamey flavors, but lacks intensity.

NV Domaine Bousquet Argentine Brut ($13). Lovely creamy nose with engaging flavors of apples and yeast and a little creaminess before a tart, crisp finish.

NV Domaine Bousquet Argentine Sparkling Rosé ($13). Very similar in structure to the brut, except dried strawberries replace the apples.

NV Zardetto “Z” Prosecco Brut ($15). Crisp fruits, dried spices, metallic minerality with a hint of vanilla in the finish.

NV Zardetto “Z” Prosecco Prosecco Extra Dry Rosé ($15). Thin and crisp, with dried strawberries – perhaps needs a bit of an edge, though.

NV Cleto Chiarli Italian Brut de Noir Rosé Spumante ($16). A sort of cotton candy-ish strawberry/cherry flavor with lots of fizz and a mellow finish.

NV Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbaro Seco Premium ($16). Rich yet crisp tastes of strawberries, mouth-filling bubbles, and light tannins.

NV Adami “Bosco di Gica” Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore ($19). From one of the best Prosecco producers, this sparkler has nice grain aromas, flavors of aged fruits, and hints of yeastiness – very mellow, very satisfying.

2019 Adami “Col Credas” Rive di Farra di Soligo Valdobbiadene Prosecco Extra Brut ($25).  Very nice –lightly tart apple flavors provide an enjoyable piquancy before a smooth finish.

2017 Enrico Serafino “Oudeis” Alta Langa Brut ($27). A pleasant gaminess with tart fruitiness.

2017 Enrico Serafino “Oudeis” Alta Langa Brut Rosé ($28). Lovely, very lively, and tangy notes of apple, although it fades a bit quickly.

Prices listed are generally SRP or from wine-searcher.com. As more wineries are now shipping direct-to-consumer, check the winery website if you can’t find a bottle in your retail store.

Feature photo: Prosecco vineyards courtesy of Adami

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