champagneNo better way to celebrate the Holidays, Family and Friends than with a lovely glass of bubbly! I thought I would share Tim Fish’s latest review with you just in case your Holiday fare requires that special sparkle.


Tim Fish is Wine Spectator‘s lead taster for California sparkling wine,  reviewing about 100 sparklers a year. Listed below are 7 of his favorite California bubblies from the past year. Each one is distinctive and worth seeking out for the holidays.

Domaine Carneros Blanc de Blancs Carneros Le Rêve 2009 (93 points, $105)
Laser-focused and sleek with lemon, crème brûlée and mineral notes.

Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée Green Valley of Russian River Valley 2012 ($44) 
Delicate rose petal and crisp strawberry and apple accents.

Gloria Ferrer Brut Rosé Carneros Late Disgorged 2012(93, $47)
Lovely strawberry and brioche notes mix with peach and ginger flavors.

Korbel Natural Russian River Valley ($16)
A lively quaff with spice apple and roasted almond accents.

Mumm Napa DVX Napa Valley 2009 (92, $65)
Impeccably focused and elegant with lemon zest and crushed stone notes.

Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley L’Ermitage 2009(92, $48)
Luxurious, with toasty brioche, mineral and lemon brulee flavors.

Schramsberg Brut Rosé 2013 (92, $41)
Sleek and expressive, with floral strawberry and spicy vanilla accents.