The Sommelier Pairs...Sparkling

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With these pairings, we have selected 2 wines that demonstrate food-pairing diversity as well as being intriguing in their own right. Wines selected for their stand-out quality and their ability to over-deliver. Whether they serve as an introduction to our list, or maybe a gift for a friend and fellow wine lover, they will not let you down...

- Franciacorta DOCG Brut 'Saten', NV, Castelveder, Lombardy, Italy -

40 year old vines are trained in a 'Guyot' system and sit on chalky gravel and sand-limestone soils, ideal for the growing of Chardonnay - the grape that forms the backbone of this Italian sparkling. The wine is aged on the lees for seven months in tank, and a further 26 months in bottle, prior to disgorgement. By eye, it is yellow with a greenish hint and columns of fine, persistent bubbles. The nose is fresh and floral with lime and almond notes. The palate, effervescent, with finely integrated bubbles giving rise to white peach, citrus and green pepper aromas with a repeat of the nutty character present on the nose. The finish is lively and full-bodied with a refined fruit character and a persistent softness. An expressive wine of great character and richness but it never strays from exhibiting a beautiful purity. An outstanding, traditional-method sparkling.

- Rosell Boher Rose, NV, Rosell Boher, Mendoza, Argentina -

Decades of tradition and expertise lie at the heart of Cavas Rosell Boher wines. Everything is done on a small scale and entirely by hand, from harvesting the grapes, grown in the Uco Valley at approximately 1,300 metres ASL, to riddling and disgorging. It is akin to stepping back in time, visiting a long-lost cousin of the great Champagne Houses. Enjoying 30 months' less ageing prior to release, this Blanc de Noirs is brilliant pink with ruby hues, by sight, with delicate and persistent bubbles. Intensely aromatic; wild cherries, raspberries and subtle tropical fruit notes mingle with lightly toasted bread and coconut. The palate is full of ripe citrus fruits, lending a refreshing acidity and the finish is long, balanced and effervescent. A great partner for leftover cold meats and a wine that tastes as exciting as it looks. If you are searching for an alternative to the usual suspects, then this is the sparkler for you...

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