Best Champagne for Mimosas

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Our team is often asked, "What's the best Champagne (or sparkling wine) for Mimosas?" In sunny Sarasota, it's an appropriate question to pose throughout the year, many days of the week. However, even Floridians plan more Mimosa-focused affairs in the spring and summer months, from holiday brunches and wedding showers to regular weekend family or girlfriend gatherings. 

In general, we suggest a dry or semi-dry sparking wine to balance with your preferred fruit juice. A Cava or dry Prosecco represent great choices, as well as a true Champagne - preferably Brut. While traditional mimosas simply consist of a sparkling wine and orange juice, I also find pomegranate or grapefruit juices to be delicious morning spirit mixers. 

If you are looking for a regular go-to sparkling for Mimosas, we personally recommend the following affordable wines, regularly available for purchase from our retail store or online: 

Blanc de Blancs JP Chenet FR NVBlanc de Blancs, JP Chenet, FR, NV
A pale yellow color with soft green reflections. Expressive bouquet highlighting subtle notes of lime fruit. Fresh and lively on the palate, a perfect balance between fruit and acidity. Following his artistic and entrepreneurial spirit, in 1984 Joseph Helfrich designed a bottle with a revolutionary shape. He named it Joséphine. It stood out from the crowd with its original curves, slanted neck and generous body. It represented a genuine challenge at the time as a special bottling chain needed to be built for it. The first brand of French wine was born and its name was JP Chenet.

Sparkling Brut Graham Beck Robertson ZA NV Sparkling "Brut", Graham Beck, Robertson, ZA, NV 
A blend of 49% Chardonnay and 51% Pinot Noir, the Non-Vintage Brut has a soft, creamy bouquet with touches of apple-blossom and yeast aromas. The palate is well defined with good acidity on the entry, citrus peel, fresh lime with a pleasing, commercially minded creamy finish. The two adages: ‘great wine is made in the vineyard’, and ‘focus on getting the basics right the first time’ are what guides Graham Beck Wines in their quest to craft highly individual wines of exceptional quality and universal appeal. Graham Beck Wines is now entering its third generation as a family winery. It was established in 1983 when entrepreneur Graham Beck purchased Madeba farm outside the Western Cape town of Robertson with a fervent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this region. The first wine was produced in 1991 and the cellar’s maiden vintage Graham Beck Brut, was selected for the 1994 inauguration of President Nelson Mandela. 

Sparkling Brut François Montand FR NV Prosecco, Zardetto, Veneto, IT, NV
"Lots of apple and cream up front, with a medium froth and a clean grapefruit and mineral finish." - Wine Spectator. Almost a hundred years have now gone by since Bepi Zardetto lost his horse and cart fully loaded with wine barrels during the retreat from Caporetto, on the Italian front of the First World War. A hundred years over which a family has traced its history along a straight, continuous line marked by the work and passion of its members. Between the silver medal won by Ernesto Zardetto in 1934 in the Sweet Wine category (or, as he called it in his dialect, vin da botìglia [wine for bottling]) and the success of Zardetto Prosecco on the international market and the tables of the world, there is a long bountiful path paved with the same extraordinary dedication to creating wines that the Zardetto family has passed on from father to son. 

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Sparkling Wines for Tasting

Hot off the presses! We've just confirmed the Champagnes and other international sparking wines to be featured at Michael's Annual Holiday Champagne Tasting set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17. Register now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Admission is $50/person.  Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past years' tastings have sold out extremely quickly - especially when we release details such as this amazing line-up of sparkling wines!!) 2014 Champagne Tasting* Champagne "Gold Label Reserve", Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2004 Champagne "La Grande Dame", Veuve Cliquot, FR, 2004 Champagne "Rose Cuvee Reserve", Veuve Cliquot, FR, NV Champagne "Yellow Label", Vueve Clicquot, FR, NV Champagne "Blanc de Blancs", Ruinart, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Grand Rose", Moet, FR, 2004 Champagne "Dom Perignon", Moet, FR, 2004 Champagne "Etoile", Chandon, FR, NV Champagne "Ice", Moet, FR, NV Champagne "Imperial", Moet, FR,NV Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs", Gruet, NM, US, NV Sparkling Wine "Brut", Graham Beck, ZA, NV Sparkling Wine "Contratto", IT, 2009 Sparkling Wine "Rose", Graham Beck, ZA, NV Sparkling Wine "Zeta", Zardetto, IT, NV Champagne "Brut Rose", Pommery, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Royal", Pommery, FR, NV Champagne "Cuvee Louise", Pommery, FR, ? Champagne "Belle Epoque Brut", Perrier Jouet, FR, 2006 Champagne "Grand Brut", Perrier Jouet, FR, NV Sparkling Wine "Cuvee M", Mumm, Napa Valley, CA, NV Champagne "Brut Reserve", Billecart Salmon, FR, NV Champagne "Rose", Billecart Salmon, FR, NV Champagne "Brut Tradition", Voirin Jumel, FR, NV Champagne, Duval Leroy, FR, NV Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Blancs", Schramsberg, US, 2011 Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs", Schramsberg, US, 2010 Prosecco "Filo Dora", Tommasi, IT, NV Champagne "Brut Majeur", Ayala, FR, NV Champagne "Rose Majeur, Blanc de Blancs", FR, NV Champagne "Brut Premier", Roederer, FR, NV Champagne "Rose", Laurent Perrier, FR, NV Sparkling Wine, Roederer Estate, CA, NV Champagne "Brut", Laurent Perrier, FR, NV Champagne, Pol Roger, FR, NV Cava "Rose", Mont Marchal, ES, NV Cava, Mont Marchal, ES, NV Champagne "Authentic Brut", Canard-Duchene, FR, NV Champagne "Authentic Rose", Canard-Duchene, FR, NV Champagne "Brut", Piper Heidsieck, FR, NV Champagne "Cuvee Brut Sublime", Piper Heidsieck, FR, NV Sparkling "Brut", Piper, Sonoma, CA, NV Champagne "La Francoise", Taittinger, FR, NV Champagne "Prestige Brut", Taittinger, FR, NV *Subject to Change
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Holiday Champagne Tasting

Champagne PoppingMichael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. $50 per person Register now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve celebrations. Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past year's tastings have sold out extremely quickly!) Please click here to register online or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve your glass!
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Top Value Wines: Wine & Spirits

Wine-Spirits-BestValuesHot off the press! Our team was pleased to read the “100 Top Value Wines of the Year” cover story in the June issue of Wine & Spirits this week. We were thrilled to see several of the smaller wineries and grower wines that we proudly offer at Michael’s Wine Cellar showcased. Amongst the best value wines compiled were these white wines, perfect for summer sipping! Roederer Estate Sparkling, from California’s Anderson Valley builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer Champagne among the most sought-after wines in the world. The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor. A to Z Pinot Gris is a superstar white which is truly a delight. Pinto Gris thrives in Oregon, and A to Z shows how great this grape can be! The 2013 A to Z Pinot Gris has lifted aromas of honeysuckle, lemon zest, nutmeg and wet stone developing into richer aromas of lychee, beeswax and melon that add complexity to the nose. The attack is juicy and pure with bright citrus fruit flavors and mineral notes. Taut structure and a tight wire balance between ripeness and acidity frame a seamless mid-palate and lead to a long finish that ultimately ends crisp and clean with flavors of wet stone and jasmine green tea. A to Z Chardonnay presents a crisp style this is rich yet light. This is the type of Chardonnay you’ll enjoy drinking everyday.  Apparent immediately are aromas like kiwi, tangerine, white peach and quince are followed by deeper, richer aromas like honey, beeswax and melon. On the palate, the wine is equally complex and inviting. A juicy attack with great minerality leads to flavors that mirror the aromatics while yet more layers, like pear and toasted coconut, arise on the mid-palate. The concentration is balanced by firm acidity that gives the wine vitality and persistence with a long lingering note of clean wet stones. Tortoise Creek Viognier from France’s Languedoc region is a perfect choice for a Memorial Day picnic. So often Viognier is over oaked and loses it wonderful delicate charm. The Tortoise Creek  Viognier “Le Verger” is completely unoaked and therefore bright with lovely aromas of peaches, pears and honeysuckle that lead to a palate that is fresh and crisp but packed with fruit. Wonderful as an aperitif or with any fish or pasta dishes and excellent with a great chicken dish. “Le Verger” refers to the beautiful apricot orchard that is close to the vineyards that produce our Viognier. Tariquet Classic, from our good friend and importer Bobby Kacher of Robert Kacher Selections. Floral, elegant, it displays citrus flavors with a touch of exotic fruit, light acidity and is dry on the finish. Enjoy it poolside or as an aperitif. (This wine is a favorite of our Open House events.) Since 1912 Château du Tariquet has been home to the Grassa family. They first gained notoriety for Hélène and Pierre Grassa’s Armagnac, which is still produced today. In the 1980’s their children, Maïté and Yves, broke all the rules by producing their first still wines, a blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard. A few years later, they heavily planted and created untraditional blends such as Sauvignon-Chardonnay and Chenin-Chardonnay and word of mouth is how the Tariquet taste and fashion was born! Click here to shop online for hundreds of international wines under $20
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