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5 Northwest Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

Pop a cork and ring in the new year with a bottle of local bubbles.

By Sean P. Sullivan

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France's Champagne region has long been the beating heart of the world's sparkling wine production, and it always will be. But now an increasing number of effervescent bottles hail from our own backyard.

To the south, Oregon's Willamette Valley has a long history making sparkling wines, and in recent years producers have taken quality to new heights. The valley’s cool climate is well-suited to this style, delivering wines with a lot of verve.

Despite being consistently warmer, Washington’s Columbia Valley also has an extended history of sparkling production. The number of producers jumping on the bubbles bandwagon here has increased substantially the past few years.

One sign of the changing times is the number of local labels dedicated to sparkling wine. This list now includes Domaine Ste. Michelle, Treveri, Karma, Tirriddis, Pét Project, and Yellowhawk. Many other wineries also include these methods as part of their larger program. The result is a region bubbling over with truly delicious sparklers. Here are five to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year.

Looking for more options? Browse more sparkling wines at The Shops at Seattle Met, a new online marketplace completely dedicated to local businesses. Or look at our full wine selection.


Treveri NV Blanc de Noirs Brut Méthode Champenoise Sparkling Wine

Columbia Valley, $20

Though founded in 2010, Treveri’s sparkling winemaking roots in Washington stretch back decades. This pinot noir–focused wine has aromas and flavors of strawberry and brioche that sing.
 

Domaine Ste. Michelle 2016 Luxe 

Columbia Valley, $25

Chateau Ste. Michelle spun off this sister winery dedicated to sparkling wine. As the name implies, Luxe is its top-end label, rife with pear and baked bread aromas and flavors, with quality that over-delivers.

 

Iris Vineyards NV Brut Sparkling Wine

Willamette Valley, $30

Willamette Valley wines often come at a premium, so the price on this already appealing wine makes it all the more enjoyable. Stone fruit and citrus zest aromas lead to fresh, clean flavors.

 

Yellowhawk 2021 Traditional Method Sparkling Chardonnay

Columbia Valley, $38

Yellowhawk is a new, Walla Walla–based sparkling wine producer affiliated with a new resort in wine country. This offering has green apple and citrus aromas and flavors, with racy acidity propelling it forward.

 

CHO 2021 Pétillant-Naturel Pinot Noir Rosé Laurel Vineyard 

Laurelwood District, $40

This raspberry- and flower-filled wine comes from one of Willamette Valley’s newest sub-appellations. It also just happens to come from the state’s first Korean American winegrowers.
 

Image: Courtesy CHO

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