The idea for Sparkler was ‘sparked’ by a conversation four years ago between Steve the winemaker and a winemaker from Champagne, France. At a conference the French winemaker heard Steve complain of our cool summers here in Northeast Wisconsin. He laughed when he heard this and he stated that our summers are actually a little warmer than they are in Champagne. He suggested that the winemakers of the Upper Midwest should start doing what they have done in Champagne for over a 100 years, have become world famous for, making sparkling wine, now known around the globe as Champagne.
The theory on making sparkling wine is that with a cool summer you have less sugar in the grapes. Lower sugar creates a lower alcohol wine but one that can be very aromatic and nuanced. By capturing the carbon dioxide created during fermentation you end up with a wine that is fizzy, highlights aromatics and creates extra mouthfeel that in a sense compensates for the lower alcohol wine that comes from a cool season.
This conversation ‘sparked’ an idea, and now that idea has come to fruition with the 2014 “Sparkler.” This rose styled sparkling wine is primarily made from aromatic Frontenac and La Crescent grapes and was fermented in stainless steel in a slow and cool process in order to capture the essence of the cool growing season of 2015.
If you enjoyed Bubbler, you are likely to also enjoy Sparkler. Winemaker, Steve, believes that these sparkling wines are providing evidence of the great potential that exists here in creating sparkling wines that are fresh, lively, and flavorful and truly highlight what may be the future wine style of the Upper Midwest. While Champagne can only be Champagne if it is grown in Champagne, France, it is Steve’s dream that these sparkling wines from Wisconsin, like Sparkler and Bubbler will someday rival the quality of sparkling wines from Champagne, France.
This rosé style sparkling wine offers a lively expression of flavors of peach apricot and a lingering note of pink grapefruit. This sparkling wine sparkles with a bright and fruit forward initial impression and then finishes with a crisp and refreshing note on your palate. It’s balance of sweetness and flavors will keep you interested with each sip and ‘spark’ many a conversations.
Double Gold, 2016 WI Professional Wine Competition
Best of Division, 2016 WI Professional Wine Competition
Best Wisconsin Wine, 2016 WI Professional Wine Competition