Sunday, June 2, 2013

Virginia Fizz Sparkling Wine

Thibaut-Janisson Virginia Fizz Sparkling Wine
Afton, Virginia
Virginia wine. Some of it's just meh, some of it's swill, and some of it is really quite excellent. This bubbly hailing from outside of Charlottesville, Virginia is quite nice. It is made by transplanted French Champagne producer Claude Thibaut in the traditional method -- where the second fermentation, the one that gives the bubbly its bubbles, is done in the bottle. This sparkler definitely lives up to its name -- it's super FIZZy!

Review: Boldly effervescent with notes of golden apples, peaches, and biscuits, this wine comes on strong with high acidity. The bubbles seriously attack the palate, making for a refreshing and fun drink. Once you get past the bubbles it has a medium-long finish of nice juicy fruits. The Fizz is quite dry, with only 1.5 percent residual sugar. The dryness of the wine makes it a perfect base for cocktails. Think about adding some muddled berries and simple syrup...

Food Pairing: Cheese! I would serve this as a before dinner treat with some stinky, gooey cheese and bread.

Bottom Line: This wine fun and pretty solid for Virginia wine. It's possibly not for everyone because of the intensity of the bubbles but I like it for a friendly gathering on a hot day.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Virginia
  • GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
  • BOOZE: 12.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now 

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? High Priced 

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