The Holidays are upon us, which means it’s time for popping open some extra special bottles of wine, toasting with good friends, and cozying up indoors. I’ve been extra excited this year because a lot more Oregon wineries are now producing sparkling wine. Oregon is really an ideal environment for producing sparkling wine since the grapes primarily used in sparkling wines grow exceptionally well in Oregon – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to be specific.
Here are what I consider to be the 5 best Oregon sparkling wines to break open and celebrate with:
2014 RMS Sparkling Wine ($65) – I had to start this list with a bottle produced by Rollin Soles, a pioneer of Oregon sparkling wine production. His RMS Sparkling Wine, comprised of Pinot and Chardonnay, has hints of pear and grapefruit, and finishes with notes of fresh bread and vanilla. Lots of tiny bubbles make this a bottle you’ll want to linger over.
2015 Lange Estate, Mia Mousseux Brut Rose Sparkling ($70) – This is the first vintage of sparkling wine being released from Lange Estate. A Brut Rosé comprised of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, its lovely pale pink color is too pretty for words. Be sure to grab a bottle of this soon – I’ve been told that sparkling wine is Wendy Lange’s favorite and there were only 350 cases produced.
2014 Sokol Blosser Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir ($50) – Sokol Blosser’s Sparkling Rosé is 100% Pinot Noir and amazing. Delicate bubbles dance around in your glass with notes of red berries and baking spices.
2014 Argyle Vintage Brut ($28) – This beautiful bottle is actually from Argyle’s Art of Sparkling Collection, which features labels designed by Pacific Northwest College of Art students. You can also purchase it in it’s traditional labeling. Either way, you’ll be greeted by notes of hazelnuts, dried fruits and pear. It’s minerality makes it perfect for pairing with oysters.
2014 Stoller Legacy LaRue’s Brut Rosé ($65) – This first vintage from Stoller Estate is on trend with its rose gold hue. Hints of ginger, tangerine and fresh baguette make for a lively glass.
Disclosure: I received some of these wines as media samples. I also belong to the wine club at many of these wineries and pay for that out of my own pocket. As always, all opinions are my own.