Val d’Oca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

LCBO#: 340570
Price: $17.50
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Cantina Sociale Valdobbiadene
Year: 2015

This Italian Sparkling wine is always a good one to get at the LCBO. Brunello Imports makes it easy to get this in Ontario. Aromas are sweet and fruity with apples and hints of pears. Thankfully, the taste is not as sweet. Just fruitiness with some decent dryness. Yeast lingers on the tongue. This bubbly is nothing too crazy, too out of this world… but very well-balanced overall.

Rating: 3.6/5

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Jané Ventura Reserva de la Musica Brut Nature

imageLCBO#: 420364
Price: $17.95
Made in: Penedès, Spain
By: Jané Ventura S.A.
Year: 2010

The head of this Spanish Sparkling is a little more creamy than most, staying a little longer. Mostly apples in the nose with some hints of sugars and yeast. Overall pretty sweet, fruity, but the taste has something else to tell. More on the sour side with the light sugars appearing in the finish. Some decent bitterness balances this and the yeast lingers in the aftertaste, living a mild nutty note on the tongue. Not bad, but was expecting much better. Not sure if past its prime.

Rating: 3.3/5

Chandon Brut Classic

imageLCBO#: 218032
Price: $29.85
Made in: California, USA
By: Domaine Chandon

Nice limited edition bottle with the blue stripes and red ribbon. Yeast nose with some sweetness from the grapes to balance things, with hints of sourness. Flavours of the fruit as well, with well-blended sweetness and sourness. The yeast lingers in the finish, giving the almond notes described on the back of the label. Decent dryness, but not as much as suggested on back. Find it a little more on the sweet side, but this makes it easy to drink. We like this one, but more of a treat (for the price).

Rating: 3.9/5

Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut

imageLCBO#: 619288
Price: $12.40
Made in: Hungary
By: Torley Pezsgopinceszet Kft

Tried this inexpensive Hungarian Sparkling a few years back, and did not mind it for the price. The nose is sweet with some sugar notes over hints of citrus and yeast that come out with time. The taste starts off with a little sweetness, but turns quickly to sourness with the citrus (lemon). Yeast eventually shows up in the aftertaste with a nuttiness lingering. Quite surprising how this one is good for the price. Nothing crazy, but nothing really offensive.

Rating: 3.4/5

Bestheim Brut Crémant d’Alsace

imageLCBO#: 141184
Price: $19.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Bestheim, Les Caves De Bennwihr

This French Sparkling releases mild aromas of apples, grapes with hints of vanilla. Pretty close to the same for the flavours. Dry mouthfeel, pretty crisp. Not crazy in taste, but some citrus creating some light sourness, with some very slight yeast in the finish. This Crémant d’Alsace is quite easy to enjoy. Dry all around, mildly fruity and a great alternative to the real Champagne. Especially for the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

KWV Cathedral Cellar Brut

imageLCBO#: 296426
Price: $16.95
Made in: Western Cape, South Africa
By: KWV
Year: 2010

When we had the 2009 edition last year, it was full of oranges. It was good, but not great. This 2010 edition does not have the loads of oranges and seems better balanced. Citrus and honey in both aromas and taste. The nose also has sweet yeast, probably sugars and nice dry grapes, hints of apples. The mouth has a nice blend of sweet, sour and a dry bite. Much better balanced for sure than the last edition. Nothing too complex, but well worth the price.

Rating: 3.7/5

Tierra Sur Sparkling Wine Brut

imageLCBO#: 404103
Price: $17.95
Made in: Bío Bío Valley, Chile
By: Santa Alicia S.A.

A Chilean Sparkling with a nice looking bottle (classy label). Loads of orange notes in the nose with some sugars and mild yeast that come out eventually. Very well-balanced taste with some sourness, some dryness, not too much sweetness (except on the lips) and light yeast in the aftertaste. Not syrupy at all, so goes down very well. The yeast does get slightly stronger with time adding hints of nuts, tart. Pricier than most Chilean wines, but a great all-around Sparkling (worth the price).

Rating: 3.8/5