- The Washington Times - Monday, December 29, 2003

Schramsberg, Brut Rose, California, 2000, $33

Do you still need to buy a bottle of bubbly to toast the New Year? If so, try this delectable rose from Schramsberg in the Napa Valley. If you’re all set for tonight’s festivities, you may want to get a bottle or two for drinking later in 2004.

Made primarily of pinot noir, with a small percentage of chardonnay added for finesse, this is a bright, vibrant sparkling wine. It tastes of fresh strawberries and raspberries and has a seductively creamy texture that makes it especially tasty when drunk on its own.

Schramsberg, a 19th-century Napa winery, was revived by Jack and Jamie Davies with the sole objective of producing classy, champagne-style bubbly. For nearly four decades, the Davies family has made some of the best sparklers in America, wines that can hold their own with all but the finest French champagnes.

When Robert Louis Stevenson visited Schramsberg more than a century ago, he described the wines with the memorable phrase “bottled poetry.” That portrayal still applies today.

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