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bubbles from unusual places

I’ve been drinking a lot of bubbly lately. Not only is it refreshing in hot weather, but it tends to be a little lower in alcohol. We all know Champagne from France and Prosecco from Italy, but given how much sparkling wine I’ve been popping I decided to try some from lesser-known places—and was quite happy with the findings!

  • Maule Valley, ChileEstelado from Miguel Torres has delicious tangerine and raspberry notes on this brut rosé. Paired perfectly with watermelon-goat-cheese-cracked pepper appetizers. $22
  • Provence, FranceLa Bulle de La Coste is a Grenache-Cinsault blend, typical of Provençal rosés. This sparkling version has large bubbles with cherry and white raspberry notes. $26
  • Mendoza, Argentina: Mascota Unanime Brut is a traditional method bubbly made from Chardonnay and 15% Malbec. Crazy to have gritty Malbec in a sparkling wine, which usually uses light, even delicate grapes like Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (at least in Champagne). But it adds just that touch of body which holds up to some slightly larger bubbles. $26

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