From Dorothy J. Gaiter & John Brecher at the Grape Collective
Good news! There’s a world of bubblies out there now, but bad news, too many are just OK. A good sparkler shouldn’t just tickle your nose but help lift your spirit, something we could all use now as we stagger toward the end of this terribly challenging, sad and frightening year.
We recently advised you to try sparklers from the UK, an aged Champagne, a Grower’s Champagne, an Italian sparkler from Trentodoc or Franciacorta, a French sparkler that wasn’t Champagne, and a bubbly from “another” state like Bending Branch Winery’s sparkling Tannat from Texas.
Now we’re back with a handful of other tasty suggestions, from Argentina to Oregon, that are pretty wallet-friendly in these times of inflation. In our most recent column, we mentioned that 50-year-old, family-owned Sokol Blosser Winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon was a B Corporation, certified as employing practices that help sustain the earth, people, and its business.