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Sparkling Wines    December 11 , 2003

In addition to the Champagne region of France, Sparkling Wines are also produced in other regions of France, the Asti region of Italy, northeastern Spain, Germany, and parts of California and New York. Even Russia makes Sparkling Wine! These are areas where it is usually too cool to produce still wine.

From the Bottle Label
1 Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Estate Bottled Sparkling Wine. "100% estate grapes grown in California's cool Anderson Valley. Wines from four vinyards blended with oak-aked reserves to create a complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wine. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir." $18.99, on sale for $15.99 (Robert) In spite of the great build-up, this was a little acidy, didn't have a full rich taste. At least one person liked it a lot.
2 Chandon California. Brut Classic 198. "Sparkling wine in a classic blend of 54% Pinot Noir, 31% Chardonnay, 11% Pinot Blanc, and 4% Pinot Meunier." $15 (Larry) Less acidy, better balanced.
3 Champagne Monopole Brut Epernay Heidsieck &Co Monopole. $27.00 (Linda) This had a stronger, tea-like taniny flavor or maybe from sitting on lees. A good and interesting taste if paired with strong enough food. Some liked the distinctive taste, some not.
4 Champagne Montaudon Brut Reims, Wine Spectator rated it 90. Listed at $24.00, pd $18 (Dirk) This was really fine with a hint of the tea-like flavor, well-balanced acid, much more delicate taste.