Schramsberg Vineyards Sparkling wines have been a staple among restaurants since early 1970’s when menus from restaurants like Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, paired their food using their 1973 Cuvee de Gamay (ref. Culinary Artistry by A. Dornenburg and Karen Page, p.258). Schramsberg has grown since to be one of the most prestigious and recognized names among American Sparkling wines. Today, chefs and wine enthusiasts know about the excellence and high quality that goes in the making Schramsberg Sparkling wines. Schramsberg wines are use often for events, restaurant wine pairings and every day enjoyment with our meals. Come to no surprise that the New Year will be celebrated and toasted by many using one or more of the many amazing Schramsberg Sparkling wines.
We continue examining Schramsberg most popular Sparkling wines:
- Brut Rosé
The character of the wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir grown in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. A few small lots of Pinot Noir are fermented in contact with their skins to add depth and subtle color to this unique sparkling wine. Chardonnay gives spice, structure and length on the palate.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an apéritif. Enjoy this rich, delicious sparkler on almost any occasion: at a beach picnic, a backyard barbecue or a late summer dinner. Could be paired with sushi, salmon, rock shrimp, pizza, roast chicken, roast pork (Caribbean style), BBQ ribs, burgers, chocolate raspberry tarts and a platter of creamy cheeses with summer fruits. This sparkler comes with high remarks from both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. It retails for around $38.00.
- Crémant Demi-sec
Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate, off-dry dessert-style wine: an American original. Crémant is French for “creamy” and traditionally refers to a sparkling wine with softer effervescence. Schramsberg made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study, their winemaking team chose the unique California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at UC Davis) to be the core component of this sparkling wine. Flora unites the fruit-forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. Select lots of Chardonnay add zest and length to the palate while a touch of Gewurztraminer on its own lifts the spiced, fruitful nature of the blend. Aging on the yeast for about two years prior to disgorgement adds complexity.
This delicious sparkling wine has spicy, floral aromatics, and apricot and peach flavors that will gently caramelize with further aging in the bottle. Its slightly sweetness is subtle and is perfect with desserts, such as fruit tarts, poached fruit, light cake, custards (like vanilla or crème cheese flans), gingerbread and crème brulée. Once you try this Crémant you will not be able to go back to any other sparkler in this category. Its pairing versatility, light sweetness and elegance will win you over. This is a great wine for aging, but if you want to do so, make sure you buy more than one, you are not going to be able to resist the wait. However, if you do, your wait will be in rewarded. This wine ages beautifully and its caramel notes are more distinctive with age. It retails for around $38.00.
Schramsberg Sparkling wines more readily available are Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose and Crémant. Though, those are the ones examined here today it is worth to mention two more, that are relatively new comers to the Schramsberg sparkling family. Those are Querencia and Mirabelle (Brut and Brut Rose). Querencia is a brut rosé produced solely from fruit grown in the Napa Valley Carneros region. Querencia retails around $45.00. Mirabelle Brut Rose is a specially crafted blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and its partner Mirabelle Brut is a multi-vintage brut sparkling wine. It is a young sparkler primarily comprised of Chardonnay and was recently selected by the San Francisco Chronicle among their Top 100 Wines 2011. Both wines retail between $25.00 and $27.00.
If you do not see Schramsberg Sparkling wines in your favorite wine retail store, you can always requests them by special order or order directly from their website and see if they ship where you are. Schramsberg has distribution on most fifty States and Puerto Rico.
In the future we will examine other great Schramsberg Sparkling and new varietal wines that Hugh Davies is venturing in, with great success.
Twice a year they hold “Camp Schramsberg.” Next one will be hold on March 11 through 13, 2012. Experience a hands-on, behind the scenes look at the making of sparkling wine at Camp Schramsberg. Enjoy meeting fellow campers and wine enthusiast from across the country while sampling Schramsberg sparkling with amazing foods. Schramsberg Vineyards hold many other events throughout the year. Consider paying a visit to their winery, you will definitely have a good time and will understand why their love for wine making sets them apart.