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Natalie's Top 10 Mother's Day Bubblies

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Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tribute Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, B.C., Canada: Made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes in honour of Canadian athletes who will compete at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games, this wine dances with zingy citrus notes and has a lovely toasty finish. 169508 13% XD 750 mL  $30.00 Score: 91/100. December 10, 2011 Favourite Sparkling Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Cuvee Catharine Brut Sparkling, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, VQA, Canada: This sparkling gets better every year, even though it's not vintage-dated. Lovely finesse and mousse with green apple vibrancy. The grapes were hand-picked in 50 pound lugs so they weren't bruised. The winery does press fractioning meaning the first bit of the juice (the head) and the last bit (the tail) aren't used in the wine just the juiciest, tastiest part of the juice. They also use the traditional Champagne method to make the wine. The wine spends 30 months on the lees which gives it a creamy texture. Serve as an aperitif on its own or add 1 oz. of Riesling Icewine or 1 oz of Cabernet Franc Icewine to 3 oz of Cuvee Catharine to make a Kir Catharine. Drink: 2016-2022. 217521 12% XD 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 92/100. February 6, 2017 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Gorgeous Gift Wine Full Review
Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut Champagne, A.C., Champagne, France: Love it! Muscular, rich, toasty and full-bodied… just like James Bond who loved this bubbly. Spectacularly well-made… you will never, ever be disappointed with it… or will I if you give it as a gift. Drink: 2011-2016. 384529 12% XD 750 mL  $69.95 Score: 95/100. October 15, 2011 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé Champagne 2002, A.C., Champagne, France: A classic Champagne with lovely lime-fresh aromas. Beautifully made and elegant. 983874 13% XD 750 mL  $74.95 Score: 94/100. December 10, 2011 Full Review
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne, A.C., France: A muscular, full-bodied bubbly. Also available in 375 mL (924670, $47.95). 724559 12% XD 750 mL  $84.95 Score: 92/100. December 8, 2007 Full Review
Veuve Clicquot Non-Vintage Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Champagne, A.C. Champagne, France: Notes of green apples, orange zest and white peach on the nose with toasty goodness through the core and finish. Drink: 2008-2008. 563338 12% D 750 mL  $67.95 Score: 91/100. December 5, 2009 Fantastic Fried Chicken Wine Full Review
Santa Margherita Brut Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene, D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Wonderful bubbly, packed with peach and pear notes! Want to service bubbly at your wedding or large reception but not break the bank? This is your go-to sparkler. Can’t beat the value/taste/price ratio. Yum! 687582 11.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 89/100. September 4, 2010 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Full Review
Freixenet Cordon Rosado Cava, Penedes, Spain: How festive is this pink bubbly? Aromas of ripe field raspberries tickle your note. Float a raspberry on top for an extra festive touch. Drink: 2014-2016. 217059 11.50% XD 750 mL  $13.95 Score: 88/100. August 15, 2014 Favorite Sparkling Wine. Enchanting Feta Cheese Wine Full Review

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