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10 New Sparkling Wines for Spring Worth Trying

10 New Sparkling Wines for Spring Worth Trying

Sparkling wines can be produced anywhere in the world, but we most commonly see them from the cooler regions on their native countries. This is because cool-weather grapes tend to have lower sugars and more acidity to give that zip we associate with our bubblies.

One of the most overlooked areas for sparklers is the Trento region near Verona, Italy, in the foothills of the Alps. Wine here is made mainly from chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, as it is in Champagne — the gold standard for sparkling wines — and it is also fermented in the bottle, as it is in Champagne. Three from Rotari, a premium Trento producer, are included in our selection of 10 bubblies from the U.S., France, Brazil and Spain, in addition to Italy.

Twist the bottle slowly while holding the cork firmly so you won’t lose any wine, and let’s celebrate!

Francois Montand France Rosé Brut NV ($13)

Creamy with candied, pastel fruit flavors and hints of white chocolate.

Rotari Trento Brut NV ($14)

Also from chardonnay, with rich, mellow apple flavors but with less complexity and stuffing than the Flavio. But still quite refreshing.

Rotari Trento Rosé NV ($14)

Good spiciness, red fruit flavors with some yeastiness for complexity.

Zardetto “Z” Conigliaro Rosé Extra Brut NV ($15)

From classic prosecco country, this pink has light bubbles with good acidity and dark raspberry flavors.

Gloria Ferrer Carneros Blanc de Noirs NV ($18)

Full, mouth-filling, creamy but with good acidity and notes of mellow apple, peach and a trace of mango.

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV ($18)

Very satisfying with lots of crisp apple and good minerality.

Juvé y Camps Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2011 ($18)

Enjoyable, well-made food and sipping wine with notes of peppery spices, lemon, and ginger.

Gloria Ferrer Carneros Blanc de Blancs NV ($19)

Tart and minerally with flavors of pear, lemon and other citrus — very refreshing.Rotari “Flavio” Trento Riserva 2007 ($50)

From chardonnay, a very complete sparkler — full-bodied, rich, long with mellow apple flavors.

Peterlongo Serra Gaucha Moscatel Spumante NV

Quite nice low-alcohol fizzy — new from Brazil — in the manner of northern Italian moscatos — rich with touches if peach and lemon, excellent as an aperitif. Price to be determined.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


An Italian Wine Dinner Menu

There is something about Italian wine that takes you immediately to the table. Images of fun gatherings with family and friends or romantic dinners for two come easily to mind. With that thought, Faith and I decided to put together some easy ideas for an Italian wine inspired dinner. Here’s a whole menu, beginning to end, of Italian food and wine. You just add the table and the friends, and it’s a celebration waiting to happen.

Putting together a multi-course meal with wines for each course can be a lot of work (not to mention expensive, especially if you have a lot of people coming to dinner). But the delight of a big meal like this at home, paired with wines like in a fine restaurant, is something that people don’t get to experience very often. I (Faith) try to do this once or twice a year with friends — it’s such a fun and abundant sort of meal.

Here’s how this will go: Mary will talk about the wine she recommends for each course, and then I’ll show you the wine I found locally, and the food that I made to go along with it.

1st Course: Prosecco & Nibbles

Prosecco is the much-loved sparkling wine from the Veneto area of Italy. Because of its popularity, there was a lot of mediocre Prosecco made in the late 2000s. However, since 2009, things have vastly improved. Under the new, tighter regulations Prosecco wines can only come from the Veneto regions. The best wines carry the DOCG Conegliano and/or Valdobbiadene designation. A number of other designated communes within the Veneto can call their Prosecco wines DOC Prosecco. These are also very good, perhaps not as firmly structured as the former, but deliciously tasty.

It is lovely to start off a meal with a glass of Prosecco. It is fresh and fruity with gentle, creamy bubbles. If you prefer the drier style, look for Brut on the label. Prosecco labeled Extra Dry is sweeter, with up to 20g/l residual sugar compared to a max of 15g/l for Brut. While it is such an easy drink to sip joyously on its own I like to leave out nibbles for guests such as Marcona almonds, spicy shrimp, angels on horseback or even simple slices of chorizo or prosciutto.


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