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2015 Macari Cuvée Katherine.

If you are still searching for some holiday bubbly prospects, consider 2015 Macari Cuvée Katherine 2015. This is definitely an interesting alternative to champagne. This sparkling wine is still created in the same traditional method as champagne, where the second fermentation occurs in the bottle, but it has a unique flavor profile.

Champagne, which comes from the Champagne region in France, is primarily made from three grapes: chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. Pinot noir and Pinot meunier are the only two red grapes in the region. Four other rarely used white grapes are: Pinot gris, pinot blanc, petit meslier, and arbane.

The 2015 Macari Cuvée Katherine is a blanc de blanc and made from 100% chardonnay grapes. But, interestingly, it’s most dominant notes are by far citrus. This wine is exceedingly fresh, crisp, and fruity. If you are looking not only to celebrate, but to pair a wine with seafood dishes, or aperitifs this would fit the bill nicely. 

If you have friends on your guest list that are sauvignon blanc lovers this might also be the sparling wine that turns their head, and perhaps changes their expectations, of sparkling wine. Lovely grapefruit, orange, and tangerine notes dance in this lively, bubbly, wine. Not overly acidic, but most definitely a fruit forward expression of chardonnay.

This is a vintage sparkling wine, though the vintage does not appear on the label. A vintage sparkling wine uses grapes harvested only from the year of the vintage. Most sparkling wines, even those from the esteemed Champagne region, are non-vintage wines produced from multiple years’ harvests. The 2015 Macari Cuvée Katherine is aged for four years in bottle before its release. The wine retails for $45.

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