It’s the time of year when sparkling wine has its day in the sun, or day in the frost, depending on where you live. We’re lucky enough to live in the Finger Lakes, where delicious sparkling wines are made by a growing number of wineries.
We’re thrilled to run our Wine of the Week Wednesday series again and we’re celebrating by starting with this delicious 2014 Blanc de Blancs from Fox Run Vineyards, located on the west side of Seneca Lake.
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes all grown on the Fox Run estate, this bubbly was made in the Methode Traditionelle, a labor-intensive process where the wine goes through a secondary fermentation in the bottle, creating those fine, delicious bubbles. This sparkling wine is very dry, giving it a toasty, biscuity nose with crisp green fruit of pear and apple in the first sip. There’s a touch of soft, velvety weight in the mouth, which might come from the malolactic fermentation winemaker Peter Bell puts this wine through and also the high quality Chardonnay grapes that were hand picked and whole-cluster pressed.
At $30 retail, you might want to make this your special celebration wine to toast the holidays and 2019, but we’ve long been advocates that all meals should start with delicious local bubbles so there’s no shame in having this wine as you prep dinner with friends or over some takeout Thai food while the winter blows outside. Either way, it’s a delicious sparkling wine to have on hand.