SPRING GATE'S DE CHAUNAC FRIZZANTE
This is Pennsylvania's first sparkling off-dry, brut style red wine, using a French hybrid that grows incredibly well throughout Pennsylvania and New York. This sparkling red wine is full of fruitiness and makes your palate tingling for more. It's an exceptional food-pairing wine that goes well with cheese, wild game and other great food experiences.
DETAILS AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
2016 Cases: 125
Alcohol by Volume: 12%
Residual Sugar: ?%
Grapes: 90% De Chaunac, 5% La Crescent, 5% Moscato
Estate Grown: No
VINIFICATION AND BLENDING
The De Chaunac grapes are hot pressed to maximize fruit expression and fermented in stainless steel. The normal Spring Gate, racking, cold stabilization, and filtering is applied. Malolactic fermentation (MLF) is completed in this red wine to soften the wine’s mouthfeel. During blending, the smallest amount of white wine is added to enhance the fruity aromas. Then, carbonization is performed prior to bottling.
Add 3/4 of an ounce of creme de cassis per glass to really pop the red fruit aroma. While Marty makes his own for personal consumption, you should be able to find US and French versions inexpensively at your local wine shop.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS AND RECIPES
Any cheese tray will go with the wine, but especially cheddar cheese and Manchego.
Some classic winter-based, savory recipes will appease your appetite with this wine:
Clove covered ham from McCormick
Cream of Turkey and wild rice soup from eatingwell.com
Shepherd’s pie (with lamb) from The Food Network
Traditional Irish shepherd’s pie from Genius Kitchen
Savory pork loins from tasteofhome.com
Cheese ball dips from tasteofhome.com: one and two
Hot Spinach (or spinach and artichoke) dips from allrecipes.com
This wine is also goes well with duck and venison meals; anything with that essence of wild game is sure to please with the De Chaunac Frizzante.