by Fred McMillin
Daughter Was A Vintner
Editor's Note—With the approach of both the customary December holi-daze plus special millennium celebrations, this month WineDays will review more sparklers than usual. Here's one of them.
From my November 26, 1996 WineDay...
My panel gave the fifth-vintage 1991 a rousing HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "Clearly this brut sparkler is J-0K."
From my June 1, 1999 WineDay...
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I've had another bottle of the '94 resting in my cellar for six months, so I slipped it into the last blind tasting. Some of the acidity had morphed into additional subtle flavors. The rating went up to an EXCELLENT. It is definitely a contender for next New Year's Eve celebrations.
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Can California fizz compete successfully with French Champagne? In his Sip By Sip, Michael Bonadies finds that "The Champagne district is too cool for the grapes to develop an intensity of flavor comparable to those from selected California [microclimates]. The French would kill to be able to work with such exuberant fruit."
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