10 Sparkling Summer Wines Made in the Hamptons

2014 Cuvee Sparkle MerlotChanning Daughters
Current release: 2014 Pétillant Naturel Rosato
Sparkling distinction: A hand-harvested Merlot made in the French pétillant naturel style, it’s bottled at the end of the fermentation process, which enhances its effervescence, says winemaker Christopher Tracy.
Cheers! $26

Southold Farm + Cellar 
southold, 631-353-0343
Current release: 2013 Damn the Torpedoes
Sparkling distinction: A Lambrusco-style sparkler fermented with native yeasts. “It’s my ode to dry Lambrusco,” says winemaker Regan Meador. “Bubbles are not the main act, but only a sideshow to the dark red fruit flavors.”
Cheers! $28

Sparkling Pointe
southold, 631-765-0200,
Current release: 2010 Blanc de Blancs
Sparkling distinction: A 100 percent Chardonnay from the sparkler specialists, it’s aged four years, which produces refined bubbles and toasty notes. “The pear and citrus flavors of Long Island Chardonnay have a similarity to Champagne’s Côte de Blancs,” says winemaker Gilles Martin.
Cheers! $42

Wölffer Estate Vineyard
sagaponack, 631-537-5106
Current release: Noblesse Oblige Extra Brut Sparkling Rosé 2011
Sparkling distinction: Long Island’s only “extra brut,” this wine is “fermented to complete dryness with a tiny dosage of sugar,” says winemaker Roman Roth.
Cheers! $40

southold, 631-765-6099,
Current release: 2014 Cuvée Sparkle
Sparkling distinction: A blend of three Merlot wines with hints of honeysuckle and peach. “We chill the wine below freezing in the tank so the bubbles stay tiny,” says owner Michael Croteaux.
Cheers! $28

The Old Field
southold, 631-765-0004
Current release: 2007 Blanc de Noir
Sparkling distinction: Made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes, this old-world-style sparkling wine has delicate bubbles and white cherry notes. “We lie the bottle on its side for years in a dark cellar,” says owner Rosamond Phelps Baiz.
Cheers! $42

peconic, 631-734-6010
Current release: 2011 Cuvée 
Sparkling distinction: A 100 percent Pinot Noir sparkler with caramel and butterscotch flavors. Winemaker Eric Fry released the 2011 vintage early after the 2010 sold out.
Cheers! $40

Lieb Cellars
cutchogue, 631-734-1100
Current release: 2010 Blanc de Blancs 
Sparkling distinction: The only Long Island sparkling wine made completely from Pinot Blanc, it has citrus and green apple notes and
“is all about lightness and a delicate fruit impression,” says winemaker Russell Hearn. 
Cheers! $30

Shinn Estate
Vineyards mattituck, 631-804-0367
Current release: 2009 Brut Sparkling 
Sparkling distinction: From winemaker Patrick Caserta, this crisp lean sparkler is pure Chardonnay, with grapes grown under the principles of biodynamic viticulture, the purest and most natural method possible.
Cheers! $35

Bedell Cellars
cutchogue, 631-734-7537
Current release: Sparkling Rosé 2013 
Sparkling distinction: Certified sustainable Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are “grown specifically to make this rosé full-bodied,” says winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich.
Cheers !$40  

A version of this article appeared in the June 2015 issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Summer Sparkle.


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