NV Jacquart Champagne Brut Mosaïque, France, Champagne, Wine Review

Nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles.  Gold green in color.  The nose has a nice toast to it.  Slight smoke and red apples.  On the palate, this has a nice tart acidity.  Some depth.  Long finish.  This is very food friendly and in fact, while drinks well on its own, is probably better suited to apps or a nice meal.  This retails for $45 which is fair.  

NV Pannier Champagne Brut Sélection, France, Wine Review

Its always nice to find actual Champagne that retails for $30 (or less).  This is one and is a very nice value.  Light golden in color.  A good amount of very small bubbles.  The nose has minerals with slight ginger notes.  Good acidity.  Nice balance and finish.  This is very food friendly and will match a wide variety of foods.  It is dry and will also work for celebrations (but don't limit it to that).  

NV Jean Philippe Moulin Champagne Brut Rosé, France, Wine Review

Pale salmon/orange in color.  There is a nice mousse with lots of medium and small bubbles.  On the nose there are strawberries, cherries and oranges.  Not too pronounced but persistent.  On the palate, the cherries carry thru along with some orange peel (bitter in a good way).  There is a lot of acidity on this wine.  That is a great thing for working with food and waking up the palate.  Of course, palate's vary as well.  An very long finish that really lasts.  This is not a big wine.  There is persistent fruit but it won't overwhelm food and in fact, it works great with a wide variety of

2006 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame, France, Wine Review

Silvery gold in color.  The nose has slight baked bread and slight citrus.  A nice head of lots of tiny bubbles.  On the palate, this is all about minerality and smoothness.  There is some citrus.  Great length on the finish.  This is incredibly versatile with food although hearty meats might be pushing it.  Great on its own as well.  Seems like this is a step up from the 2004.  

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial Rosé, France, Wine Review

Deep salmon Pink in color.  There is a nice mousse with lots of tiny bubbles.  The nose has seltzer, and strawberries.  Reminiscent of the Faygo Red Pop of my youth.  Nice.  On the palate, there is a bit of depth and complexity.  Dry.  Nice acidity.  Good finish.  Would go with practically any food.  This drinks quite well now but should develop some maturity and drink well for a while.  Aged Champagnes are not to everyone's taste but I think this should easily last for a decade.  delicious and more traditional Rose.  

NV Moët & Chandon Champagne Nectar Imperial Rosé, France, Wine Review

Apparently some version of this have a bit more sweetness than others.  This bottle had a hint of sweetness but not overt or cloying.  It was absolutely delicious.  Served to a group on a warm summer evening, it was a star.  Salmon pink in color.  There is a nice mousse with a lot of tiny bubbles.  The nose has nice strawberry fruit along with a bit of burnt orange peel in the background.  On the palate, citrus comes out first followed by nice strawberries.  There is a nice depth and complexity here.  Just that hint of sweetness which combined with the acidity is very refreshing.  Nice fini

2012 13th Street Premier Cuvée, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Light golden in color.  A nice mousse with lots of smallish bubbles.  The nose is nice with seltzer and slight ginger.  On the palate, this could use a bit more acidity which is surprising as the label indicates it was harvested at 18.5 Brix.  Still, there is some nice slightly sour apple notes.  It is tasty.  Shorter on the finish.  $30

NV 13th Street Cuvée Rosé, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Bright, deep salmon/orange in color.  Frothy mousse with smallish bubbles.  On the nose, this is very interesting.  Peppery (black) with light cherries and slight strawberries.  Almost a touch of cloves.  On the palate, there is certainly a clove note which is interesting.  Also cranberries and some cherries.  Very refreshing yet also has some depth to it.  There is a tasty sour candy note on the finish.  Good acidity, this would work with a wider variety of foods.  A very unique wine.  Although designated non-vintage, it is mostly the 2013 vintage grapes.  $30

NV Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Light ruby in color.  There is a good head with smallish bubbles but frothy.  The nose is tight but with swirling, slight strawberries.  On the palate, the Pinot seems to be more pronounced with rhubarb and slight strawberries.  Slightly drying on the finish, however, there is a nice depth here.  Also slightly tart on the finish.  This would work well with a wide variety of foods.  Compared to their basic Brut this hits higher highs and lower lows but is a more interesting wine overall. $29

NV Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Light golden in color.  Not much in the way of bubbles.  Just a slight mousse.  The nose is nice with vanilla and light seltzer.  It opens a bit to show a hint of lemon cream.  On the palate there is a light seltzer note.  Slightly sour apple-ish flavors especially on the long finish. This is very food friendly and a fun alternative for a sparkling wine.  $23 

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