The Sparkling Wines of Italy

Like Champagne in France, Italian sparkling wine has become synonymous with Prosecco – but that’s not all that the country has to offer when it comes to bubbly! From the “Metodo Classico” Champagne-like wines of Franciacorta, to the perfect pizza pairing sparkling reds of Lambrusco, to wines cellared in the sea in Ligura (not kidding! 😳), Italy’s sparkling wines are as unique and diverse as the country’s cuisine.

Easter Bubbles for Every Budget & Palate

It’s Easter already! Spring has sprung and there’s a sense of celebration in the air… and with celebration comes sparkling wine! While Easter bunnies and chocolate eggs are fun, nothing can beat a perfectly chilled glass of bubbly with family and friends.

A Sparkling Review of the Cuvée 2017 Grand Tasting!

This year, we had the opportunity to attend the Cuvée 2017 Grand Tasting, hosted by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) in Niagara Falls, Canada! We were honoured and delighted to take part in the Grand Tasting, which celebrates excellence in Ontario winemaking and features a stunning array of award-winning VQA wines. And luckily for us, the bubbly was well represented! 🍾

Pommery Brut Royal Champagne – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’re sipping Pommery Brut Royal Champagne! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see… The Pommery Brut Royal Champagne is produced by Champagne Pommery in Reims. We all know a certain Veuve that took control of a major champagne house, but did you know that another Veuve – the Veuve Jeanne Alexandrine Louise Mélin Pommery – took control of the Champagne Pommery house in 1860? Louise was an early #GirlPower pioneer, not only because she ran a business at …

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’re sipping Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Let’s see…     The Grand Brut Champagne is one of the signature wines of Épernay’s Perrier-Jouët and you may recognize it from its Art Nouveau label. Don’t know much about Art Nouveau? Nouveau problem! This style of art was inspired by organic forms, like the curved lines of flowers, and was popularized in Paris in the late 1800’s. The floral motif, indicating both delicacy and craftsmanship, …

A Sparkling Niagara Icewine Festival

Icewine is the crown jewel of the Ontario wine industry, and is celebrated every January at the Niagara Icewine Festival! Thanks to Wine Country Ontario we had the pleasure of attending this year’s spectacular kick off event – the Xerox Icewine Gala – which left an absolutely sparkling impression on us! 😍

Château des Charmes Brut Sparkling – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’ve got Château des Charmes Brut Sparkling in our flutes! Is this a bottle of bubbles you should POP? 💁 Or is it a FLOP? 🙅 Read on to find out…     We love Ontario sparkling wines for many reasons. One being the fact that they’re crafted right here in our own backyard, and another being the fact that they’re freaking GREAT! Here in Southern Ontario growing conditions mirror that of the Champagne in France, and many wine makers take an “old world” approach to crafting their wines. [eltd_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” …

20 Sparkling Wines Under $20 for NYE!

Just because the ball’s about to drop, doesn’t mean your bank balance has to! We’ve rounded up our top New Years Eve “bubbles on a budget” picks from the LCBO. So go stock up and ring 2017 in #SparklingWinos style! Happy New Year, Cheers to a Bubbly 2017!

Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2006 Champagne – Review

This is “POP or FLOP”, where we taste test sparkling wines so you don’t have to! This week we’ve got Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé (Vintage Brut) 2006 in our glasses! Is this vintage Champagne 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=””] [eltd_separator class_name=”” type=”normal” position=”center” color=”” border_style=”” width=”” thickness=”” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=””] Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot in Tours-sur-Marne. The village of Tours-sur-Marne is located at the crossroads of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs, three big deal wine …

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 …