A sparkling wine from England, you ask.... Partly an effect of global warming and an eagerness to exploit the chalky terroir of Southeast England, this charming sparkler shines next to others outside of Champagne. A delicate bead presents alongside crisp seashells on the nose and palate. Underlying pear and white raspberry dominate the rounded body. Wonderful for seafood and canapés. The richness of the palate and the good acidity will compliment fatty or oily dishes such as lamb or smoked fish. Ridgeview Estates was established in 1994. The vineyards are located in the South Downs of Sussex, part of a region that shares the same limestone ridge with Champagne.
The Burgundy region of northeastern France is the historic home of the Pinot Noir grape, and is the source of the world’s greatest examples. Here one finds renditions of Pinot Noir that deliver power with finesse and grace, wines that have unimaginable depth of flavor, yet are perfectly balanced and ephemeral in the mouth - in short, wines that deliver all that Pinot Noir has to offer. Terroir,...
From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...
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