Pannier Sélection E.V. Brut Champagne – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’ve got Pannier Sélection Brut Champagne in our flutes! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see shall we?   [eltd_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” position=”center” color=”” border_style=”” width=”” thickness=”” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=””] Pannier Champagne was founded in 1899 by Louis-Eugène Pannier. Pannier cellars are located in ancient stone quarries dating back to the 12th century in the Marne Valley of France (just an hour north east of Paris).  There is a carving of an archer in one of the …

A Sparkling Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

What’s better than gourmet food and wine? Well, probably having a little (or, a lot) of both under the same roof! We #sparklingwinos have been going to the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto for the past six years. Every year, the expo is a little bit different but we always come across a new bite and beverage that piques our interest.

Wolfberger Brut Crémant d’Alsace – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’re sipping Wolfberger Brut Crémant d’Alsace! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see…   [eltd_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” position=”center” color=”” border_style=”” width=”” thickness=”” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=””] Wolfberger produces a range of sparkling wines, crafted according to the traditional method defined by the Appellation d’Origines Contrôlées (AOC) of Crémant d’Alsace in France (close to the German border). Crémant d’Alsace can be made using Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois Blanc and Chardonnay. This one is made up …

Sparkling Winos #Champlamp Giveaway!

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! Snowflakes are falling, family and friends are calling, and you’re scrambling to bake cookies and tripping over people at the mall. We’ve all been there right? Sure giving presents is great, but getting them is even better! So we Sparkling Winos would love to light up your holiday season by giving away one of our awesome #Champlamps! That’s a lamp made from a Champagne bottle – get it? 😜

Cava 101: What is Cava?

Maybe you’re familiar with the term “Cava”, or maybe you’re not. But y’know that iconic black and gold bottle of bubbly that you’ve seen at every New Years Party? Surely you’ve had a glass of it at some point right? Well, that’s Cava. So what is Cava exactly? And what makes it different from Champagne or Prosecco?

#MimosaHacks! The French 100

You better sit down for this one – its time for #MimosaHacks! Where we’ll teach you how to up your brunch game with some epic new Mimosa recipes. So let’s get mimosional baby! Sure, the Mimosa is awesome. Heck yeah, the French 75 is great. But you should know by now that we Sparkling Winos gotta keep it 💯! So we took the classic Mimosa and the French 75 and remixed them to create… the French 💯! I mean, why settle for a B+ when you can have an A, right?

Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial – Review

This is POP or FLOP, where every Wednesday we review a different sparkling wine from across the globe and let you know if it’s a bottle you should POP… or if it’s a FLOP! This week we’ve got Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne from France – in their super cute new #MiniMoet format! 😍 Who said bigger is always better?!     Moët & Chandon was established by Claude Moët (obviously!) in 1743, and today is a globally recognized champagne brand synonymous with elegance, Napoleon, and the invention of sabrage – the art of sabering the tops off Champagne bottles. The Champagne house also holds a royal …

Tasting all of Nino Franco’s Prosecco!

We are lucky to have quite a few Venetian friends here in Toronto. Our conversations usually revolve around how different northern Italy is compared to the south (true), how beautiful the Veneto is (very true) and how great Prosecco (especially Nino Franco’s Prosecco) is – also very true! We visited the Nino Franco winery in Valdobbiadene at the end of August 2016. The late summer sun provided a beautiful, warm back drop for our visit to the scenic winery, which was buzzing with harvest prep.

Codorníu Seleccion Raventos Rosé – Review

This is “POP or FLOP” – where we drop bills on bubbles so you don’t have to! Every Wednesday we review a different sparkling wine from across the globe and let you know if it’s a bottle you should POP or if it’s a FLOP! This week we’ve got Codorníu Seleccion Raventos Rosé from Spain!     Codorníu is one of the world’s oldest and largest producers of traditional method sparkling wine (called “Cava” in Spain). Historical documents show that founder Jaume Codorníu was producing still wines at his vineyards in the Penedès region of Spain all the way back in 1551. And in 1872 cava was born when …