Our Selection for Wine of the Week January 04, 2010
AN ORGANIC SPARKLER Korbel
Organic Brut California
Korbel is one of the most recognized brands in America and one of the oldest. The Korbel family planted their first vines in California's Sonoma rom the beginning, the brand focused on sparkling wine or "American Champagne" as the Korbels prefer to call their bubbly. Today, Korbel attempts to produce a sparkling wine for every occasion. In addition to a Brut, Brut Rosé, Blanc de Noirs and Extra Dry, the winery makes some unusual styles like Sweet Rosé and a Sparkling Red. But it is their newest release that has really caught our attention. Korbel's organically grown California Brut offers bright fruit, clean flavors and elegance. It is one of the best sparkling wines for the price we've tasted in recent memory from any part of the world. Its aromas are of tart apple and citrus with a faint yeasty note. Flavors are also of apple as well as ripe pear with a reasonably long length. Deliciously dry, the wine works with both savory and sweet foods, including baked brie with fruit, Thai curries or as a brunch wine with eggs, bacon and lightly sweet coffee cake.