Nooga, a local news website, recently published an article featuring sparking wine titled Uncorked: Ringing in the New Year with American Bubbly. Michelle Richards, a certified sommelier, focuses on American wines to bring in the new year. She features Oregon’s own Argyle Winery and states that she “highly recommend[s] any of their wines for ringing in the new year.”
The following is an excerpt from the Nooga article.
Sparkling wines are also becoming increasingly popular in Oregon. I have spoken recently at a tasting event about sparkling wines from Argyle Winery in Oregon. I highly recommend any of their wines for ringing in the new year.
Argyle Winery produces wine in Willamette Valley and is known for its “methode champenoise” sparkling wine. Argyle was named Oregon’s Premier Winery by Wine Spectator in 2000. Argyle sparkling wines are vintage-dated, which is not as common. Vintage-dated sparkling wine grapes have to all be from the year that is printed on the bottle. In making sparkling wine, a lot of producers will blend their wines from different years (this is called a nonvintage sparkling wine). I personally enjoy their vintage brut 2010, brut rosé 2010 and Knudsen Vineyard brut 2009.