The Holiday Season is a perfect time to spend with special friends and family. Sparkling wines add a festive air to any Holiday celebration. We are fortunate to have several wonderful northwest sparkling wines available for our sipping pleasure. A few Gorge Wineries have released very limited quantities of Gorge bubbly. Rich Cushman at Viento has just released a lovely Brut Rose handmade right here in the Hood River Valley. Syncline in Lyle has also produced a small amount of a dry sparkler as well. Keep a sharp eye out as they are both extremely limited. Outside of the Gorge, the Northwest offer some inexpensive high quality options, too. Try the Domaine Ste Michelle Brut from Washington or Argyle Brut from Oregon.
Sparkling wine is very food friendly. Try it with appetizers such as stuffed mushrooms, cheeses such as gouda or sharp cheddar or as a perfect partner to shellfish. It is wonderful as a dinner wine, too. My favorite way to enjoy a glass of bubbly is by the fire with special someone. Happy Holidays & Cheers!
~Jan at the Hood River Inn