Sparkling wine — local or not — comes in myriad styles. It can be made with any grape (though some are obviously better than others). It can be made in various ways —Methode Champenoise, Methode Ancestral, Charmat, etc. And within each of those techniques, there are many winemaker decisions that ultimately define what the wine will taste like. (more…)
Two glasses of sparkling wine at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. (Credit: Randee Daddona)
Champagne is all about fun. We love those cascading bubbles, that vivacious zing and the laughs that follow. It symbolizes celebration. But for a winemaker, champagne and other “methode champenoise” sparkling wines present winemaking’s greatest challenge. (more…)
Do me — and yourself — a favor and don’t reserve sparkling wine only for parties and special occasions. Sparkling wine makes any night (or heck, even morning) a celebration. And, with so many underrated local sparkling wines available, why not drink them more often?(more…)
Photo by Rachel Young | Cassandra Santoro (center), Sparkling Pointe’s wine club and private events manager, pours the Southold winery’s 2009 Brut for Michael and Patricia Stebner of East Patchogue.
Once reserved for special occasions and celebratory toasts, sparkling wine is gaining popularity as an everyday drink — and the trend has infiltrated the North Fork, where wineries are noticing an uptick in sales of the bubbly stuff.
“This is our busiest season yet,” said Kelsey Cheslock, public relations and marketing coordinator at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. “We’ve seen such an increase in tourism.” (more…)