Toast National Champagne Day with Local Bubbly

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Although National Champagne Day is observed annually on December 31st, we are firm believers that a glass of bubbly can be enjoyed just as much the other 364 days of the year too!  While genuine champagne only comes from France’s Champagne region, there is plenty of bubbly available right here along the Lake Erie North Shore region for us to enjoy.   Since National Champagne Day also happens to also be New Year’s Eve, get a bottle of something local and sparkly ready to toast the close of one year and the start of a new decade.

Here are a few of our EPIC bubbles to choose from

Colio Estate Winery

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Lily Sparkling
Lily Sparkling wine, crafted in the charmat method, is clear and bright with persistent yet delicate bubbles on the palate.
Tasting notes: A well-balanced sparkling with a soft, elegant mousse. Oysters on the half shell, fresh seafood, salty snacks like natural potato chips or popcorn.

Lily Sparkling Rose
Lily Rose Sparkling wine, crafted in the charmat method, is pale pink with persistent yet delicate bubbles on the palate. A well-balanced sparkling with a soft, elegant mousse and pale pink hue.
Pair with: Smoked salmon filled crepes, strawberry and spinach salad with goat cheese, or a bowl of freshly-picked berries.

Girls Night Out Sparkling
Sip Sip Hooray with this delectable sparkling wine that’s elegant and bubbly.

Tasting notes: Floral aromas dance with flavors of delicate peach, apricot and a touch of honey Balanced with a lively effervescence

Cooper’s Hawk vineyard


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North Block Sparking
Made from Chardonnay along with the aromatic Chardonnay Musqué, this is soft, satiny, crisp and citrusy, with apple, custard and subtle notions of freshly baked pastry. Perfect for chilling and sipping, or pairing with seafood or veggie dishes.
Tasting notes: Palate shows white peaches, citrus zest with a baked brioche and pie crust finish.
Pairs with: Creamy cheeses or sauces, brie, green olives, oysters and egg dishes. Especially, sparkler goes with everything!

Mastronardi estate winery


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Made from Vidal Blanc and Pinot Grigio, this is a fine taut and quite complex sparkler.
Tasting notes: Soft flavours of pear, fresh lemons, and honeydew melon with a touch of pink grapefruit bitterness complete this light bodied dry bubbly!

Pairs with: This sparkling dry white wine pairs well with fruit-based desserts such as tarts, crepes and any buttered of honeyed treats.

North 42 Degrees Estate Winery


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Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc
Not just for celebrations! Created in the Charmat method, this elegant Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for any occasion.
Tasting notes: Bosc pear, passion fruit, melon, and fresh citrus on the nose and palate.
Pairs with: Lively mouthfeel, fresh acidity and a hint of sweetness blend together for a long finish pairs well with appetizers, salads, fried foods or on its own.

Pelee Island Winery


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Lola Secco VQA
A great choice to celebrate with friends or enjoy with a light meal.
Tasting notes: Light and frothy while green apple and pear dance on the palate.
Pairs with:  Delicate fish, fresh oysters, Porcini mushroom risotto or use as an aperitif.

Bella VQA
“Bella”, the Italian word for beautiful, is a perfect and simple description for this wine.

Tasting notes: She is a sparkling beauty with a lovely cherry and lemon bouquet.

Pairs with: This pink bubbly wine makes a refreshing addition to any meal.  Creamy sun-dried tomato fettuccine with shrimp, prosciutto wrapped parmesan chicken and raspberry almond tart.

Lola Rose VQA
Tasting notes: This blush sparkling wine has hints of strawberry and blood orange flavours, serve chilled.

Pairs with: Beet risotto, puff pastry tomato tort, cranberry brie bites or strawberry tarts.

Lola Vidal VQA 
Tasting notes: This white sparkling wine is lightly frothy and floral, delicate on the palate with a clean, dry finish.

Pairs with:  Butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage, pear, Parmesan, candied pecan and rocket salad, or fried mushroom caps.

Paglione Estate WInery


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Sofia Sparkling VQA 
Fresh yet classic, sparkly yet refined…this light golden Chardonnay Riesling Sparkling is inspired by an icon.
Tasting notes: Fruity and mildly floral with notes of pear, apple, and citrus, Sofia makes a lovely addition to any celebration.

Today is a perfect day to observe this sparkly holiday because we are pretty certain you will all be toasting the end of the year and the start of a new decade with something bubbly!

Whether you sip it from a flute, make it festive with a few pomegranate seeds or create your favourite champagne cocktail like a mimosa, pop the cork of something local this holiday season.

And with this selection you can always have something chilling in the fridge for special occasions …. or Wednesdays.  Cheers!


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