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4 Sparkling Washington Wines for the Holidays

From the standard to the unexpected.

By Sean P. Sullivan December 18, 2020

Whether they’re aperitifs, special occasion wines, or meant for pairing, bubbles are always a good choice. Washington state is dominated by red wines, but that doesn’t mean our sparkling wines don’t shine—especially since our winemakers like to experiment.

Yes, there are plenty of bubbles made with traditional pinot noir and chardonnay. But there are also wineries lending a carbonated bump to more exotic varieties, like gewürztraminer, or turning to old-school techniques, like petillant naturel. Just one more reason to celebrate.

Pét Project Field Blend Organic Pétillant Naturel Acadia Vineyard Columbia Gorge 2019 $32

On the Nose: pear, strawberry.
On the Palate: apple flavors with mouthwatering tartness.
Why It's Special: Field blends come from grapes picked in the same place, at the same time, and fermented together—a rarity in Washington.

Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV $13

On the Nose: apple, pear.
On the Palate: bright, crisp apple skin flavors.
Why It's Special: It delivers a whole lot of quality and value.

Ago Sparkling Wine Columbia Gorge $32

On the Nose: brioche, strawberry.
On the Palate: lemon rind, with an acid jolt.
Why It's Special: Sommeliers and gourmands are buzzing about this appellation, and this acid-driven wine shows why.

Treveri Cellars Sparkling Gewürztraminer Yakima Valley $17

On the Nose: lychee, ginger, flower.
On the Palate: off-dry, effusive flavors.
Why It's Special: It’s a rare sparkling look at an underappreciated grape.

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