Producer: Bedell Cellars
AVA: North Fork of Long Island AVA (New York)
Grapes: 50% riesling, 30% gewurztraminer, 18% chardonnay, 2% albarino
ABV: 11.5%
Price: $30*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Bedell Cellars 2017 Sparkle

Bedell Cellars 2017 Sparkle

87 points

A wine that winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich says was inspired by "fun sparklers like Alsatian cremants and Italian Proseccos but with a North Fork twist," this fun, fruity bubbly was made via forced-carbonation method.

The result is bright and citrus driven, with lemon and lime front and center and more delicate notes of flowers and green apple in the background.

Lighter bodied, fruit-forward and with a little sweetness, the palate shows a bit of peach along with all that citrus with plenty of fresh acidity and carbonation. The finish shows just a little saline minerality too.

This isn't a complex, autolytic sparkling wine. It's not a "classic" per se, but that doesn't make it any less fun and gulp-worthy.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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