Chateau Ste Michelle, Sparkling, Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA, NV 

£17.60

American sparkling wine? Yep. And it’s great. Washington State / Columbia Valley is roughly on the same latitude as Champagne, but they get an extra 2 hours a day of sunshine. So, what we get is a wine similar to Champagne in quality and taste but just with a bit more American richness (typical). Unlike Champagne, the winemakers are allowed to dabble with their blend, so we have Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and a smidge of the deliciously aromatic Pinot Gris for extra oomph. A cracking sparkling wine at a superb price point from an award-winning winery.

Nose

Pineapple. Baked apple. Toffee. Almond. Brioche.

Palate

All of the above. Fine bubbles. Rich texture. Well balanced with great length.