Cheers to You
What to pop after you pop the question.
Just because you’ll have family flying in from out of town doesn’t mean your sparkling wine has to, also. Celebrate with flutes of these East Bay sparklers made using the painstaking French méthode champenoise.
Aubin Cellars NV Verve Brut Sparkling
Sourced from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the brut sparkling from Oakland’s Aubin Cellars showcases a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, which gains added complexity from the addition of a barrel-aged sparkling base from the previous vintage. Expect superfine bubbles, plus notes of pear and soft huckleberry. $30, aubincellars.com.
Crooked Vine Pinot Noir Rosé Sparkling Wine 2013
Family owned and operated, Crooked Vine sources the grapes for its sparkling rosé from its estate in the Livermore Valley. The resulting bubbly has notes of strawberry, apple, and vanilla crème, with bright acidity and an even brighter ruby hue. If your tastes trend more traditional, the family also owns the Stony Ridge Winery label, which makes a sparkling Malvasia Biana in a more expected tint. $28, crookedvine.com.
R&B Cellars Methode Champenoise Chanson des Etoiles
Point Richmond's R&B Cellars produces its award-winning Chansons des Etoiles (“song of the stars”) with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes sourced from the North Coast appellation. The grapes are fermented in separate lots and then blended for a 10-month secondary fermentation. The wine is crisp and bright, with creamy notes and fine bubbles. $30, rbcellars.com.