You’ll ;nd these ;ne sparkling wines
at select Costco locations:
Kirkland Signature™ Brut Champagne
Verzenay, France Item #942108
Mendocino, California Item #850615
Santo Moscato d’Asti
Piedmont, Italy Item #549602
La Marca Prosecco
Veneto, Italy Item #572620
Lola Prosecco, Asti, Italy Item #570427
Featured at Costco
the same grape varietals as in France:
Chardonnay (refreshing and light), Pinot Noir
(for weight and richness) and Pinot Meunier
These California products range from
fruity and fresh to lovely and elegant, and
these wallet-conscious sparkling wines are
fantastic alternatives to Champagne.
Sparkling wines delight,
no matter what the name
By Annette Alvarez-Peters
"Tiny bubbles in the wine,
make me feel happy, make
me feel fine."—Don Ho
Well, possibly. But the
truth is that not all bubbly
wine is Champagne.
Sparkling wine is made in
regions around the world,
and while all varieties share those refreshing
and delightful tiny bubbles, it can’t be called
Champagne unless it’s from the iconic wine
region in France.
With the holidays approaching, now is the
perfect time to explore all the wonderful
options. Here’s a look.
TO FIND which Costco warehouses
carry wine, go to Costco.com, click
on “Costco Connection Magazine,”
then “Beer, Wine & Spirits Locator.”
You can also find notes on Kirkland
Signature™ wines under “Kirkland
Signature Wine Connection.”
The making of a sparkling wine
Sparkling wine is made from a blend of
grape varietals that goes through two fermentations. The grapes are picked earlier to preserve the acidity and ensure a low sugar
content, then undergo the same primary fermentation process as still wine. Sugar and
yeast are added to generate a second fermentation within the bottle—and then the refreshing, effervescent bubbles. In Champagne,
France, this is known as méthode champe-noise—the traditional method.
Some fabulous sparkling wines are made
Fine efforts from Spain and Italy
in California, notably in cooler-climate
regions such as the Anderson, Sonoma and
Napa valleys. Many established Champagne
producers have invested in these areas, and
produce world-class bubblies. In the early
years, the term “Champagne” was allowed
on all California sparkling wines, but laws
prohibiting the use of this term were enacted
in 2006. Some wineries were grandfathered
in and are allowed to use the wording
Many California sparkling wines are pro-
duced using the traditional method and with
In Spain, the name for sparkling wine is
Cava, which means “cellar.” The majority of
Cava is produced in Penedès, near Barcelona.
Cava, also made using the traditional
method, is clean and crisp, with floral and
mineral notes—a food-friendly sparkling
wine that can offset fattiness in sautéed and
fried foods. Drink it on its own or mix it with
orange juice to make a Mimosa cocktail.
Two trendy sparklers are Prosecco and
Moscato d’Asti from Italy. These budget-friendly sparkling wines are both light and
fruity. Here, the secondary fermentation does
not take place in the bottle, but rather in a
large stainless steel tank. This is called the
Prosecco comes from the Veneto area in
northeast Italy; the best is from the cool-climate appellation of Conegliano-Valdobbia-dene. Prosecco is typically dry, but is also
made in sweeter styles. A flute of ice-cold,
crisp Prosecco is a delicious way to start a
meal, or mix it with peach purée to create a
Bellini, a famous Italian cocktail.
Sweet, sparkling Moscato d’Asti, from the
Piedmont region in northwest Italy, is made
with Moscato Bianco grapes. This refreshing
beverage is light and low in alcohol, with a distinct grapey aroma and taste profile. Moscato
d’Asti is perfect before or after any meal—as an
aperitif or with a fruit-based dessert or tart.
Tiny bubbles do indeed make me feel fine.
I am confident you will experience the same
feeling with the bubbles of your choice.
NOVEMBER 2012 ;e Costco Connection 79
Annette Alvarez-Peters oversees Costco’s wine,
beer and spirits program.