There is something really special about a glass of sparkling wine. The beautiful bubbles and the effervescent texture are just right for any occasion. I drink sparkling wines from all over the world (who doesn’t love a good Prosecco or Champagne), but I especially love it when I find sparkling wines made right here in Oregon. We have quite a few producers making sparkling wines here (Argyle, Domaine Meriwether, and Capitello just to name a few), but I found one that I just had to share. Sokol Blosser Evolution Sparkling Wine was so delicious, and is produced by Sokol Blosser nearby in Dundee. This is exactly the type of frugal find I aim for, fantastic, local, and a great deal!
Sokol Blosser is one of the founding wineries here in Oregon. If you’ve ever driven on Highway 99 right near McMinnville and Dundee, you have probably seen their gorgeous, rolling estate. Susan and Bill Sokol Blosser planted their first grapes back in 1971, and released their first vintage in 1977. They currently have 86 acres in the Dundee hills and produce 6 varietals. The thing I love about this winery is that they are not only family run (son Alex is the winemaker), but that they aim to be as green as possible. All of their vineyards are organically grown and maintained, and they are a “Certified B Corporation”. This means that they take active measures to operate a sustainable business. Everything is considered from what chemicals are used in the vineyard, to ensuring that all materials are recycled. There are many ways that Sokol Blosser ensures a sustainable business model. For more examples see here.
Evolution is a second label for Sokol Blosser that also has a red and white blend. All of these wines are right around our $20 range and just fantastic. I have tried all three (and all are worthy of a review!) but I knew I had to share the sparkling wine. I recently wrote about how sparkling wines are made, and this wine was made in the “Methodé Champenoise” method. This is the traditional french method that has been done for centuries. Labeling laws state that you cannot really label it as such, so it is called “American Sparkling Wine”. Having tried many different types of sparkling wines though, ones done in this traditional style are my favorite. The Evolution Sparkling wine was just perfect, and had a quality that I would expect from a higher end wine. The “bang for your buck” here cannot be understated! The love that Sokol Blosser puts into each bottle absolutely extends to their second label.
The moment this wine was popped open and poured into my glass, it was gorgeous. I just can’t
get over how lovely bubbles look in the glass. The color was one of rich straw. The flavors that really stood out were bright citrus (think fresh squeezed lemons), white peaches, and a hint of tropical fruit like melon and pineapple. The finish was nice and dry, just the way I like it. A wine that can balance between fruit forward and the perfect dryness really steals my heart.
Sokol Blosser has really outdone themselves with this wine. I picked this up for around $20 at my local market. The value here is just amazing. This is a wine that is made with love, and meant to be enjoyed at any occasion. For me, it was the perfect pairing for snuggling on the couch while watching one of my favorite shows, Mad Men. Although, a warm and sunny day on the patio would also be a great fit. Cheers!