Bubbles upon bubbles – The Sorting Table

Bubbles! We love bubbles of all sorts! This week for “Why Not Wednesday” we are excited to introduce you to Jamie Adams, good friend and VP of sales for The Sorting Table. Sorting Table is a tremendous importer of and advocate for family owners wineries.

During the holidays, with the abundance of parties and with the celebrations with friends and family, we at PWC often reach into the fridge to breakout some great bubbles to start off those special evenings. We love how a good bubbly properly launches a good celebration, but we also love enjoying a bottle of bubbly on any given night. This week’s tasting is the perfect way to find those few perfect things to bring to this year’s holiday parties. Don’t feel like sharing? Indulge yourself.

There are different types of bubbles. There is Champagne. As many of you know, Champagne can only come from France’s Champagne Region. Champagne is also a style, a way to make a regionally specific kind of of wine. The way to make champagne is, in French, referred to as “methode champenoise.”

The special method for the production of champagne comes down to this: there is a secondary fermentation used in the process which creates the bubbles, and this secondary fermentation happens in the bottle. There are many wines from all over the world that are “methode champenoise.” I.e., they follow the same rules of production, but, not being from the region, they cannot truly call themselves champagne.

Le moulin de Verzenay, Montagne de Reims (The Sorting Table)

The mill of Verzenay, near Montagne de Reims in France’s Champagne Region.

We will be tasting the work of Jean-Babtise Adam, who makes “Crémant” (pronounced “cray-mont”). Crémant is methode champenoise and comes from Alsace France, a region which falls outside of the region of Champagne. Jean-Babtise Adam’s family celebrated their 400th year as grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr just recently.

Throughout the centuries the Adam family grew grapes, made wine, sold wine locally and sold wine in foreign lands. They survived the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, annexation by Germany and back to France (thus World Wars One and Two), famine, disease … you name it. The family has a rich, proud history as leaders of their little hamlet; in truth, nearly all of them have served on the town council and some have been elected Mayor of Ammerschwihr.

We will also be tasting two different proseccos this week as well. Like champagne, prosecco is region specific and must come from Italy’s Prosecco Region. The region lies in the northeast of Italy, north of Venice in the shadow of the Alps.

Prosecco is a fairly new region with a rich history. For many years, prosecco was not a protected region, meaning anyone could produce prosecco and call it prosecco. It wasn’t until 2008 that it became a protected D.O.C. in Italy. Prosecco is produced using the Charmat-Martinotti method where the secondary fermentation is carried out in tank, not in bottle.

We will be tasting two proseccos from Borgoluce. More than one thousand years ago, in A.D. 958 or 959, Italian King Berengario II gave to Rambaldo, ancestor of the Collalto family, the area called Corte Lovadina. Written in Latin the words above are the description of the content of this donation. The Collalto family still owns this and the surrounding lands. The traces of history mix with the present culture, and these intermingle gracefully with nature. Current farming practices fully respect what is a centuries-long tradition passed down by the Collato family. Ninni and Caterina di Collalto, together with their mother Trinidad and Caterina’s husband, Lodovico Giustiniani, carry on the family traditions of overseeing a company diverse in agriculture. 160 acres of farmland are given over to vineyards for the production of Borgoluce wines and sparkling wines. The Valdobbiadene D.O.C.G. region is home to the vineyards of Borgoluce’s finest prosecco.

The week’s bottles are as follows:

NV Borgoluce Prosecco Superiore Brut, Valdobbiadene Italy
Glera :: $24 Sale $20

Fine and elegant fragrance with an emergence of notes of yellow apples, pear, wisteria and wild flowers. Pleasantly acidulous, fruity and silky. Its harmony is completed by a rich fine flavor.

NV Borgoluce Prosecco “Rive,” Valdobbiadene Italy
Glera :: $32 Sale $28

A perfect aperitivo option, the 2013 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive di Collalto Extra Dry is slightly sweet, with foamy perlage and many layers of intense fruit flavors. White peach and honeydew melon are in prime view but the sparkler follows through with chopped mint and crushed granite as well.

NV Jean-Babtiste Adam Cremant les Natures, Alsace France
Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir  :: $24 Sale $20

The wine has a subtle and fresh bouquet which reveals classic Champagne aromas of lemons, apples and brioches along with some herbal flavors. The attack on the palate is very delicate, light and finesse-full due to finest sparkling bubbles before you detect a stunning synthesis of Champagne’s purity.

NV Jean-Babtiste Adam Cremant Rose, Alsace France
Pinot Noir :: $24 Sale $20

The scent of very fragrant ripe apples abounds on the nose: think both red and Golden Delicious. This fruity note carries through the entire palate: from its fresh, sprightly opening through its dry, slender body to its frothy, lively finish.

Wines will be featured through Tuesday, December 20th.

Odd13 Brewing (The Sorting Table)This Saturday in charges Odd13 Bewing out of Lafayette, Colorado, a family affair started by Kristen and Ryan Scott. As for the name… Kristen grew up in area code 513. Scott? 313. There you go. They advertise beers with character … and their beers HAVE characters. Not sure what I mean? Check this out.

We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl so we can CHEERS! 

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