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The Just Ripe: Sparkling Wine Bitches

I have literally always dreamed of Christmas in New York. I mean really; who does “Christmas spirit” better than the Big Apple. Watching all of my personal favorite Christmas films from Elf to Miracle on 34th street. The place that supposedly inspired “Twas Night Before Christmas”, all leads back to New York City. Boy, what a place. There I am, sitting in my front room with the fam all cozied up around the fireplace as snow is falling and billowing outside the window of my brownstone in brooklyn. Seriously, what a perfect picture. Cheersing with sparkling wine after we just enjoyed the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center Plaza, what a dream.

However, the holidays in Niagara are pretty great. No matter how unpredictable the weather can be. Will we have snow on Christmas…who knows (I am voting ‘yes’ for 2017)?

For most; Christmas is crazy and busy, for me with the wine harvest just coming to an end. I am finally getting some time to spend with my family and enjoy the weekends as well as having my own craziness. Nonetheless enjoying the festivities such as; putting up my Christmas tree, decking all the halls and enjoying all of the sparkles…in and out of my glass. This holiday I have stocked up on one of my favorites the, Big Bang Gris from Big Head Winery. This wine is fun and bubbly exactly how you would want a celebratory pop but can also double as one of those sit back, relax and enjoy wines. The colour is gorgeous almost a bit copper with the perfect splash of gold to match the decorations. It is flavourful and thoughtful with depth on the pallet and has this perfect ever so easy sparkle. Nothing too intense and not aggressive, just perfect as traditional method is.

This sparkling wine is made from 100% Pinot Gris. It is dry, fruity and full of flavour. Think Ontario white peaches and nectarine in the summer with a hint of brioche and a touch of sparkle. So bright and exciting at the start and leads into something a bit deeper than anticipated, since spending over a year sur-lies (on its yeast). The finishing acid appears almost oily, like french butter in the best way. The beautiful feeling of that cork popping underneath your fingers. The fizz that escape from the neck of the bottle just after are my two favorite steps in enjoying a bottle of bubbles. This wine will take you into your holidays and out on New Year’s Eve. Did I mention it is probably the most affordable traditional method sparkling wines from Niagara at $25.00/bottle.

I may not be in New York watching the snow fall from my brownstone this holiday season, but this will be the wine I am topping my holiday spirit with. Raising and clinking glassing with my friends and family toasting to the Yuletide and the New Year with Big Bang Gris in my glass.

Wine: Big Bang Gris
Winery: Big Head Winery
Address: 304 Hunter Rd. Niagara on the Lake (near Oast)
Fun Fact: Traditional method means bubbles are made by a fermentation that happens inside the bottle where CO2 is forced inside of the wine vs. bubbles being added to finished wine similar to how beer is carbonated.

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