Category Archives: Sparkling Wine & Champagne

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Lovers of artisanal, local food & wine in Santa Barbara recently had their prayers answered with the opening of the Santa Barbara Public Market.

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

From the outside, the large yet unassuming building that houses the Santa Barbara Public Market (a former Vons grocery store) could easily be missed.  However, inside lies a bright, clean, modern marketplace that is truly a culinary playground.

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Purveyors include: Belcampo Meat Co., Crazy Good Bread Co., The Culture Counter, Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, Enjoy Cupcakes, Foragers Pantry, Flagstone Pantry, Green Star Coffee, Il Fustino Oils & Vinegars, JuiceWell, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, The Pasta Shoppe, Wine + Beer, and Santa Monica Seafood.

Take a look inside…

Santa Barbara Public Market

The Pasta Shoppe – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Culture Counter – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Culture Counter – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Monica Seafood – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Monica Seafood – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Belcampo Meat Co. – Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Santa Barbara Public Market

Enjoy Cupcakes – Santa Barbara Public Market

The Santa Barbara Public Market doors open at 7 AM daily, though hours may differ for each shop.  Be sure to check it out the next time you’re in Santa Barbara…

Click here to visit the Santa Barbara Public Market website.

SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET
38 West Victoria (at Chapala)
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
Phone:  (805) 770-7702

Regular Hours:
7AM - 10:30PM Monday through Thursday
7AM - 11PM Friday & Saturday
8AM – 10PM Sunday

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

With all the celebrating that goes on at this time of year, I find myself enjoying a lot more sparkling wine and champagne than I usually do.

Since I have less time to travel to wine country over the holidays, I’ve been exploring the world of sparkling wine at home with friends and family. I recently tried a couple of bottles of sparkling Rosé that I thought were excellent and deserving of attention right before we ring in the New Year.

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rose

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé

The first bottle I tried was a brut sparkling Rosé by Vertuze. It is produced in the Arroyo Grande Valley in California’s Central Coast from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional French méthode champenoise, the Vertuze Rosé had a very pale pink hue and a nice touch of sweetness.

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé

For those who are unfamiliar, the méthode champenoise is the oldest and most traditional way of making sparkling wine. It involves a long, detailed process which includes blending wine (typically some combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir) followed by a fermentation period that requires a secondary in-bottle fermentation that can last up to 6 years.

True Champagne comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France while bubbly from anywhere else in the world is referred to as sparkling wine.

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé

Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé

Back to Vertuze. Though I typically enjoy a drier sparkling wine, the Vertuze sparkling Rosé was nicely balanced, very easy to drink, and easy on the wallet at about $19 per bottle. I could see this being a hit for sparkling wine drinkers with a wide variety of palates.

The second bottle I tried was a brut Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé called “Perle d’Aurore” by Louis Bouillot. Cremant de Bourgogne is the appellation (or defined geographical area) for the Rosé and white sparkling wines of Burgundy in France.

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé "Perle d'Aurore"

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé “Perle d’Aurore”

The Louis Bouillot “Perle d’Aurore” Rosé is a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay. On the palate, it started with lots of strawberry, but finished drier than the Vertuze with a slightly finer effervescence and a nice minerality. I could see this appealing to sparkling wine drinkers who prefer less sweetness. Also crafted in the méthode champenoise, the Louis Bouillot Cremant du Bourgone “Perle d’Aurore” Rosé was a steal at $14.

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé "Perle d'Aurore"

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé “Perle d’Aurore”

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé "Perle d'Aurore"

Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Rosé “Perle d’Aurore”

Grab a bottle (or several bottles) of Vertuze Brut Sparkling Rosé and Louis Bouillot “Perle d’Aurore” Sparkling Rosé for your next holiday party. I guarantee either sparkler will be a hit. Cheers & Happy New Year!