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Nov 20, 2007 04:58 PM

Domestic Bubbly Recs

We enjoy Argyle Brut (just bought a 2002). The Argyle runs about $23. Any other favorites that represent good value ?

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  1. I haven't had it but I've heard good things about Gruet. Also, Schramsberg...and Gloria Ferrer.

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    1. re: domaine547

      Gruet is perhaps the best of the "bargain" US-produced sparkling wines -- you can find in the the $12-13 range . . . not as great of a bargain as when it was $8.99, but still --

      Gloria Ferrer is one of California's best (as opposed to New Mexico's best) "bargain" methode champenoise wines -- you can often find their "regular" Brut and Blanc de Noirs for as little as $10.99 on sale. But it's their Royal Cuvee that is exceptional -- in the $24-27 range. (Note: they have a relatively new "reserve" sparkling wine, called "Carn Cuvee" -- it's approximately $60, and I've not had it.

      Schramsberg was great in the 1960s, hit a rough patch during the mid-1970s through 1990s, but is once again making very fine wines. Not very good value, though (IMHO). Their wines range from the mid-to-high $20s for their "regular" wines, to as much as $80 for their J. Schram top-of-the-line . . . clearly NOT bery good QPR.


      1. re: zin1953

        Jancis Robinson did a nice write up on Gruet a couple of months back; its a free read on her web page...

    2. I think Argyle Brut is one of th ebetter domestic sparklers.

      Mumm's Napa Blanc de Noir is one of the best deals going on domestic sparklers. I buy it buy the case at $11.80/bottle at Safeway whenever it goes on sale. Even at $20 (the normal price) it is a very good deal.

      All of Schmsberg's wines are good, but they can be a bit too pricey for what they are.

      Perhaps the best deal for a domestic sparkler is Soter Brut Rose of Pinot Noir. It is $50 -- not cheap. But it is a *GREAT* bottle of wine and worthy of consideration over a similarly priced Rose Champagne.

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      1. re: whiner

        The Mumm Napa bubblies are fantastic buys when on sale, as they will be shortly. Can't be beat at $12.

        The other great buy is the Roederer Estate Brut at $16, as mentioned below. That would be my first choice for bargain bubblies, though I have never seen it at that price. Now, of course, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

        Will have to try the Argyle as it is not on my radar. Anything above $23 and I turn toward the great buys in grower Champagne (capital C). Cheers.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          We had the 2002 Argyle Brut over the weekend. It really is a nicely done bubbly.

          1. re: TonyO

            Yes it is. Champagne, it's not. But Argyle makes wonderful sparkling wines . . . .

      2. I like the Roeder Estate Brut (Anderson Valley). Picked up some last night for $15.99 on sale. The Rose is also good for a few dollars more.

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        1. re: scrappydog

          I agree - and that's a good price!

          1. re: MMRuth

            Yes, I have not seen it at that price for a while. Purchased at Bevmo in SOCAL, on sale for $6 off their regular price. Accordingly, it is widely available for that price in this area. Not sure how long the sale goes on.

            1. re: scrappydog

              I know I paid less than $20 for it, but it's been a while since I've seen it at "your" price.

        2. We've loved Glenora Brut (from upstate NY) and had it fairly regularly. Unfortunately, they weren't carrying it in the last few months at Vintage NY where we usually purchase these things. So we went with Chateau Frank Brut, also from the Finger Lakes region, and it was quite good too. Both are good values for under $30.

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          1. re: LNG212

            Really??? Hmmm, perhaps I'll have to try another bottle. Every time I've had Glenora, I've -- well, let's just say I've been really disappointed. It's been a couple of years though; perhaps I should try it again.

            1. re: zin1953

              Well, the Glenora Brut was the only one of theirs we had. We've not had the rose or the fruit flavored ones. We liked the Brut. We thought it was light and crisp. But I'm not nearly the Connoisseur that you all are.

              1. re: LNG212

                connoisseur - schmonnoisseur . . .what's important is what YOU like!

                And I'll see if I can't find a bottle of Glenora to try again. Happy T-day!

            2. re: LNG212

              Glenora also has a Very good Blanc de Noirs, made from Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Such an interesting change of pace!!

              1. re: LNG212

                Second Chateau Frank Brut, in general they do spakling well. The vintage stuff ages nicely.

              2. Not a huge fan of domestic bubblies but Schramberg's blanc de blanc(Trader Joes $22) and Roederer's Brut Rose (you'll have to look around or call Roederer) are both decent...
                I saw someone mention a wine in the $50 range and for my money, although not domestic, I'd go with the Veuve Cliquot Vintage Reserve for bubbles in the $50's - can not be beat!! As I recall J also makes some decent domestic bubblies. Enjoy!