Sparkling Wines for the New Year
Ring in the New Year with sparkling wines from local wine producers.
When it comes time to watch the ball drop, celebrate with flutes of these East Bay bubblies made using the painstaking French méthode champenoise.
Aubin Cellars Verve Brut Sparkling: Sourced from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the brut sparkling from Oakland’s Aubin Cellars showcases a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, which gains added complexity from the addition of a barrel-aged sparkling base from the previous vintage. Expect extrafine bubbles, plus notes of pear and huckleberry. $30, aubincellars.com.
Crooked Vine Pinot Noir Rosé Sparkling Wine 2013: Family owned and operated, Crooked Vine sources and blends the grapes for its sparkling rosé at its Livermore Valley estate. The resulting bubbly has notes of strawberry, apple, and vanilla crème, with bright acidity and an even brighter ruby hue. The family also owns the Stony Ridge Winery label, which makes a sparkling Malvasia Bianca in a more expected tint. $28, crookedvine.com.
R&B Cellars Méthode Champenoise Chanson des Etoiles: Point Richmond’s R&B Cellars produces its award-winning Chansons des Etoiles (which translates to “song of the stars”) with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes sourced from the North Coast appellation, which are fermented in separate lots and then blended for a 10-month secondary fermentation. The wine is crisp and bright, with creamy notes and fine bubbles. $30, rbcellars.com.