The holidays are upon us! And who doesn't love a glass of bubbly (or twelve) this time of year? Personally, through January I subsist on the champagne diet because let's face it: just popping a bottle of bubbles is reason enough to celebrate something. Anything! Not all sparkling wine is created equal. But just like pizza, even the most humble bubbly is better than no bubbly at all. How fortunate for all of us that some of the loveliest sparkling wines come out of California? Meet the new effervescent kid on the bubbly block: a brand new sparkler from the good folks at Meiomi Wines.
A first sparkling wine in Meiomi portfolio, this North Coast sparkling wine is made with the traditional French sparkling winemaking process, méthode champenoise. Similarly, in a classic Champagne fashion, it is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. “We are excited to introduce this very special wine,” says Melissa Stackhouse, Director of Winemaking for Meiomi. “Sparkling wines benefit from cool-climate coastal grape varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, making sparkling a natural fit for Meiomi given our coastal approach to winemaking. With the Meiomi Sparkling Wine, we bring together the best expressions of coastal California for a wine that is full of character and exceptional balance. I am particularly excited to bring the Meiomi experience to the sparkling category for the first time and once again take on the challenge of crafting sparkling wine in the méthode champenoise.”
Meiomi (pronounced may- OH – mee) wines take their name from the word for “coast” in the language of the native Wappo American Indian tribe - a word that best symbolizes the character of the sought-after coastal California vineyards, which lend their fruit to Meiomi’s distinctive wines.
Meiomi Sparkling Wine is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $26.99. With 51,000 cases produced annually, Meiomi will be keeping us in bubbles for a while. Find a retailer nearest you here under the FIND tab.
The Local Tourist invitation for two to the Chicago Meiomi sparkling wine launch party courtesy of LaForce.
Photos by Gourmet Rambler.