Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 25, 2017 9FOOD AND DRINK & MORE Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 25, 2017 9FOOD AND DRINK & MORE 
mentioned a few years ago was Richard Nixon’sbubbles of choice - no politics here, just giving you a littletrivia. 

Sparkling wines are all blends and can be vintage,
although the Schramsberg Blanc de Noir is acomposition of grapes and regional combination. Blancde Noir (meaning “white from black”) is 85% pinot noirand 15% chardonnay - thus the blend title - and that isjust fine with this writer. As with any “bubbles” yeastplays an important role in the fermentation role of thewine’s richness and body, making the wine crisp and lowin tannins (the monks found this out by accident). Manyreaders ask me about sparkling wine or champagne 
storage. I buy champagne to drink right away, but if youare able to purchase a six-pack to save a few dollars, that’sfine. This 2013 Schramsberg, if stored properly in a nicecool place its side, will be good for years to come, butwhy let it sit all alone when it should be enjoyed?

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The holidays are here and every year I dedicatethe entire season to bubbles. Bubbles? Yes, 
more commonly known as sparkling wine. For 
wine to be called “champagne” it must comefrom the Champagne region of France, with noexceptions. There are many wines that use thesame “Méthode Champenoise” process as theFrench. Spain has Cava. Germany produces 
some mighty fine Sekt. Australia, yes from downunder, produces what they call a Fizzie - the namesounds right doesn’t it? And Italy produces twosparklers, Asti and Prosecco (although Proseccoshave become very popular I still think for themoney California does the best!) California 
makes many sparkling wines, and we’ll introduceyou to them in the next few weeks. One of thebetter sparking wines is Schramsberg, which I

that consumption of bubbles goes way up during theholidays. This is not a picnic sparkling wine - this is oneof my favorites and I savor every zesty sip. Enjoy with a 
special friend, dinner, or a nice soft cheese. 

Closure: Corked 
Dills Score: 91 
Retail: $34, find it in a supermarket/Pavilions for about$29, or restaurant around $60. 

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. Startingwith a base of 50 points, I added 8 points for color, 8points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 9 pointsfor finish, and 8 points for my overall impression, whichincludes my value rating. 

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