On New Year’s Eve, there seemed to be a number of different options for the bubbly. We were so inspired that we decided to do a taste test of some sparkling wines and prosecco.
We chose a Prosecco, Sparkling Wine and California Champagne (something the French wouldn’t be happy about).
Here were the contenders:
Dolce Vita Prosecco, V.S.A.Q. Brut Italian Prosecco Sparkling Wine, 750 ml, 11% alcohol, bottled by A.C. Srl-Crocetta del M. (TV)-Italia $10.05
Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards, Almond-Flavored California Champagne, 11.0% alcohol (Charmat-method sparkling wine with natural almond flavor added) $10.99
Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Francis Coppola, Monterey County, 2010 12.0% alcohol 750ml $14.99
I’m not typically a sparkling wine fan but when it’s New Year’s Eve, you must partake! We drank the Sofia Blanc de Blancs on New Year’s and really liked it. The Dolce Vita and the Wilson Creek bottles were gifts so we thought we would do a taste test. The Dolce Vita is very bubbly, even an explosion of bubbles in my mouth (almost like pop rocks). This sparkling wine is not sweet; it’s tangy. The Wilson Creek “California Champagne” would be perfect for those who love flavored coffee. I don’t drink flavored coffee so I didn’t quite understand it, but I know there are a lot of people who like flavored drinks. The Sofia Blanc de Blancs was the best! I liked it on New Year’s Eve and I liked it tonight. It’s dry and tasty with a clean finish. We had some white chocolate with it and it was lovely with food. It did have a mid-palate tang but the finish rounded it out well. So if I had to choose, my first choice would be the Sofia.
Dolce Vita 3 stars. Wilson Creek 2 stars. Sofia 3 1/2 stars.
We did a semi-blind taste test, so we didn’t exactly know what was in each glass. We put each champagne into a paper bag and then poured it into marked glasses so we wouldn’t be biased. I started with the Dolce Vita Prosecco. It was dry with a light color and fruity flavor with a hint of citrus. I noticed it had a bitter finish with kind of a sharp edge to it. It tasted good but not extraordinary. I consider this three stars. The next one I tried was the Wilson Creek California Champagne. It was candy sweet and you could really taste and smell the nuttiness. It seemed too sweet to me, almost like cough syrup. I tried a little white chocolate with it and the sweetness was overwhelming. I consider this one star. Lastly, I tried the Coppola Sofia. It had a medium color and was really effervescent and bubbly – the cork almost shot out of my hand when I opened the bottle. I also detected a tart, tanginess that dissipated after a few seconds. This definitely has the cleanest finish of all three and seems the most drinkable and balanced. This one is my favorite by far of the three. I give it 3 1/2 stars.
Dolce Vita 3 stars. Wilson Creek 1 star. Sofia 3 1/2 stars.
Just the Facts Ma’am
Dolce Vita Prosecco, V.S.A.Q. Brut Italian Prosecco Sparkling Wine, 750 ml, 11% alcohol, bottled by A.C. Srl-Crocetta del M. (TV)-Italia $10.05 Available at BevMo.
Wilson Creek Winery and Vineyards, Almond-Flavored California Champagne, 11.0% alcohol (Charmat-method sparkling wine with natural almond flavor added) $10.99 Available at BevMo.
Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Francis Coppola, Monterey County, 2010 12.0% alcohol 750ml $14.99 Available at BevMo and most other wine merchants.