The Scintilla is made by the Virginia winery Veritas. Every time I'm around Charlottesville I try to stop in at Veritas for a few bottles of this, plus some Harlequin Chardonnay and Petite Verdot.
The Scintilla is made in the traditional champagne method. It spends two years on the lees (spent yeast cells) for two years, building up delicious yeasty notes.
Food Pairing: The wine is versatile, with the freshness for a perfect aperitif and the intensity to stand up to richer dishes, too. I enjoyed it with a plate of soft cheese and salty charcuterie.
Bottom Line: A lovely sparkler - great for any occasion. I only wish this weren't my last bottle!
- VINTAGE: Non Vintage
- PLACE: Monticello AVA (American Viticultural Area)
- GRAPE: Chardonnay
- BOOZE: 12.5%
- CELLAR: Drink through 2018
Where did I get it? Veritas Winery Tasting Room in Afton, VA
What's the damage? Premium