With our December 3st of the Month "Bubbles" event at City Winery tonight, we're really getting excited about showcasing dozens of different sparkling wines. What we never expected is that our amazing hosts would be pulling additional bottles from their cellar to share with our members and their guests as well. The following is a guest blog post from City Winery's Wine Director, David Mensch, where you'll certainly see why sparkling wine is so much a part of City Winery.
Sparkling wine at City Winery is not just part of our wine program because it has to be. For me, Champagne and sparkling wine from around the world is an integral part of wine and food pairing.
Everyone's tastes and styles can be represented within a sparkling wine; from a lush Rosé Champagne to a bone dry sparkling Chenin Blanc. You can pair rabbit with a dry Lambrusco and of course the ubiquitous Champagne pairs with basically anything from fried chicken to foie gras.
Sparkling wine can sometimes be overlooked as just something to start with, but for me it is what I power through my dinner with. The thing that makes sparkling wine important to me is the craft that goes into making a Champenoise-style sparkler. The art of blending 50 still wines, hand riddling bottles for 2 years and bottle conditioning for an extra 4 years is something that is uncommon in the wine world. Champagne is the highest elevation of wine art.
We're very excited to share five of my favorite sparkling wines with the 3st of the Month guests:
Szigeti Sparkling Gruner Veltliner NV
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut NV
Codorniu Brut "Anna" Cava NV
La Collina Lambrusco NV
Henri Giraud "Espirit du Rose" NV