Pop, fizz, clink! It’s a centuries-old tradition to toast to the new year with a flute of French bubbly.  For this year’s countdown, we’re saying out with the old and in with the new by swapping our bottles of demi-sec champagne for glasses of Virginia’s outstanding sparkling wines.

From traditional Blanc de Blancs to Rosé and naturally sparkling ciders, the Commonwealth is fizzing with bubbly alternatives. We’ve carefully selected 10 effervescent libations offering a variety of sweet, fruity and off-dry styles to help us countdown to 2018. Read below to find the Virginia sparkling wine that best suits your celebration style.

Blanc de Blancs

Bad to the Bone Bubbles

Boneyard Wines

Temporarily located at Tarara Winery’s Tasting Room, 13648 Tarara Ln., Leesburg

Perfectly structured with bubbles and a fruit-forward palate, Bad to the Bone Bubbles takes the elegance of sparkling wine to new heights. Like most sparkling wines, Bad to the Bone Bubbles is made in the traditional méthode champenoise style from 100 percent Chardonnay grapes that are low in sugar and high in acidity. The bottle’s fine mousse and creaminess is complemented wonderfully by its subtle minerality and lingering fruit finish. Its plethora of layers and flavors pair well with freshly shucked oysters, cheeses and roasted game.

Wild Boar Blanc de Blancs

Stone Tower Winery

19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg
703-777-2797

Prepared in the traditional méthode champenoise style, Wild Boar Blanc de Blancs is crisp, vibrant and sparkles with fruity and floral flavors. This bubbly wine is made from 100 percent Chardonnay and boasts a wonderful balance of delicate acidity with its lingering, juicy finish of fresh green apples.

Blanc de Chardonnay, Thibaut – Janisson Winery

Blanc de Chardonnay

Thibaut – Janisson Winery

145 Saddleback Farm, Afton
434-996-3307

As Thibault-Janisson’s first vintage release, Blanc de Chardonnay is a Charlottesville classic. The crisp and refreshing sparkling wine captures the characteristics and local flavors of Central Virginia’s terroir with aromas and tastes of apples, pears and 100 percent Chardonnay from the Monticello Appellation.

 

Brut

 

Virginia Brut

Ingleside Vineyards

5872 Leedstown Rd., Oak Grove
804-224-8687

Voted as the “Best Sparkling Wine in Eastern Virginia” for four consecutive years, Ingleside Vineyard’s Virginia Brut is the crème de crop of sparkling wines. The elegant texture, crisp mouthfeel and delicate fizz of the Brut are accentuated by the bottle’s secondary fermentation. Virginia Brut is exclusively sold at Ingleside’s Tasting Room and through their online store.

 

Blanc de Noirs

Veritas, Scintilla

Scintilla

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

151 Veritas Ln., Afton
540-456-8000

While the French use Pinot Noir for champagne’s cuvee base wine, Veritas Vineyard & Winery creates its sparkling Scintilla from Chardonnay and a blend of either Merlot or Cabernet. This citrusy sparkler features hints of almond, Meyer lemon and brioche, and pairs well with seafood and salty snacks such as almonds or potato chips.

2012 Bollicine

Afton Mountain Vineyards

234 Vineyard Ln., Afton
540-456-8667

Italian for “bubbles,” the 2012 Bollicine is a Brut sparkling prepared with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It pours a crisp and refreshing glass, and offers subtle aromas of hazelnut and simmered quinces. The Bollicine also pairs wonderfully with crabs.

 

Rosé

 

2012 Sparkling Rosé

Trump Winery

3550 Blenheim Rd., Charlottesville
434-977-3895

The Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, cherry and strawberries used in the 2012 Sparkling Rosé are entirely estate grown and handpicked from the foothills of Carter’s Mountain. The creaminess and wonderful acidity of this rosé result from a precise combination of barreling and aging techniques performed over a 36-month period. Its stunning salmon hue is sure to add a pop of color to your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Rosie’s Rosé

Old House Vineyards

18351 Corkys Ln., Culpeper
540-423-1032

The bright pink hue of Rosie’s Rosé is derived from Cabernet Franc and is matched with profound raspberry notes, both at the nose and through the finish. Off-dry and semi-sweet, this rosé is a vibrant and fruity alternative to traditional French bubbly.

 

Fruit-Forward Sparklings

 

Pineapple Sparkling

Paradise Springs Winery

13219 Yates Ford Rd., Clifton
703-830-9463

Paradise Springs Winery introduces a truly one-of-a-kind Virginia sparkling wine that boasts flavors from over 4,500 miles west of the Commonwealth on the tropical islands of Hawaii. Méthode champenoise meets the Hawaiian terroir in this bottle of Hula o Maui with saccharine aromas of freshly cut pineapples and fruity effervescence. Despite its fruit-forward aroma, Pineapple Sparkling offers a drier finish than most other sparkling wines.

Levity 2016, Castle Hill Cider

Levity 2016

Castle Hill Cider

6065 Turkey Sag Rd., Keswick
434-296-0047

Unlike sweet sparkling wines, Levity 2016 is a sparkling cider that surrounds the palate with a considerable astringency and acidity derived from the citrusy flavors of orange and passion fruit. Levity introduces aromas of lime zest, orange and pear at the nose and a rich mouthfeel toward the finish. It pairs well with creamy pasta, blue cheese and cinnamon-based desserts.

Written By

Grace Silipigni

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