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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Champagne & Sparkling Wines

NYE-2016-ChampagneWhether you are looking for a notable bottle to present as a hostess gifts throughout the holiday season, or that special bottle of bubbles to toast the New Year on New Year's Eve, Michael's Wine Cellar has a variety of Champagnes and international sparkling wines which will accommodate any budget or occasion. Simply stop in the Store, Monday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, to allow one of our knowledgable wine specialists the opportunity to guide you to a new favorite sparkling wine, or click here to shop online for Champagne..
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Last-Minute-Gifts-BoxesWe know these final few weeks of the year can be extra-hectic. If you're still working to quickly wrap-up all your holiday shopping, the team at Michael's Wine Cellar is pleased to provide you one-stop shopping for all your last-minute gift giving needs!

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ChampageGlassesToastIt's the most wonderful - and sparkling - time of the year already! Michael is pleased to announce our annual Holiday Champagne Tasting! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 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. Please click here to register online for this special Sparkling/Champagne Tasting or call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 to reserve your glass! Reservations are required and space is limited. (The past years' tastings have sold out extremely quickly!)
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Sparkling Sale

Sparkling Sale: Save 15% Online!  On Monday, August 24, save 15% off your web purchases of all bottles of sparkling wines from the online store of Michael's Wine Cellar! Valid on online orders only of $50 and more. Click here (Monday, August 24, 2015 only) to shop online and take advantage of the discount by entering promotional code: "sparkling15" Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Other restrictions may apply. Promo code is case sensitive.
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Sparkling Sale!

Save 15% Online - Champagne & Sparkling WineThis festive holiday season continues as we prepare to welcome the New Year! Of course, the Michael's Wine Cellar team invites you to ring in 2015 by popping a special bottle of bubbly. Whether you are looking for a classic French Champagne, Spanish Cava, refreshing Prosecco from Italy, a legendary Brut from California or great value Sparkling from South Africa, our retail store and online wine shop will provide you with a multiple of effervescent options for New Year's Eve celebrations. For a limited time, save 15% when purchasing Champagne or any sparkling wine online through michaelswinecellar.com. Simply enter the promo code "NewYears" (with no quotation marks) during the checkout process to take advantage of this special offer. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Valid through December 31, 2014.
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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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NYE Rewards: Champagne

Champagne 2014 NYEIt's almost time to pop the bubbly! Shop for dozens of Champagnes and international sparkling wines in-store, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow (NYE). Michael is pleased to offer double Connoisseur Club points* on all sparkling wines tomorrow, December 31, 2013, at the Michael's Wine Cellar retail store in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota. (That's the equivalent of receiving 20% back in Connoisseur Club rewards!) *Not valid with any other offer or discount.
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Wine for the 4th Day of Christmas: Francois Montand

  Christmas Wine 4 - Francois Montand On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Four Calling Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree   But wouldn’t it be lovely if your true love also sent the Francois Montand Brut and Rose Sparkling Wines?! This affordable sparkler and rose are perfect for Christmas parties, and of course, New Year's Eve festivities this season. Sparkling "Brut", Francois Montand, FR, NV $10.95 François Montand is a true-value Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine made in a brut style. Crafted from the perfect blend of two European varietals, Ugni Blanc from France and Airen from Spain, each offers basic characteristics that complement each other to make an outstanding sparkling wine. Ugni Blanc, also known as Trebbiano, is planted throughout the world and is known for producing neutral wines that are high in acids with a medium alcohol level. Airen, Spain's most widely planted grape varietal, produces wines that are light, crisp, fruity and slightly aromatic. This 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine is from Gascony south of Bordeaux. It has a wonderful polished nose, clean flavors and an impressive amount of zip. It is not to sweet, but has enough richness and balance to enjoy by itself. A great one for your next party! Sparkling "Brut Rose", Francois Montand, FR, NV $10.95 The bouquet and flavors feature dried cherries and raspberries. Crisp and very dry, with an extremely clean finish that reminds me of a true French Champagne. Elegant and delicate, highly drinkable, and nicely bubbled  
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Champagne Tasting

Champagne While we know you love our monthly Open House Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar, we've heard you loud and clear about the event you look reward to most this holiday season... Michael is pleased to invite you to his annual Holiday Champagne Tasting this month! From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. $25 per person Reservations are required and space is limited. RSVP now and prepare to stock up for all your holiday gatherings and New Year’s Eve plans. Please call 941-366-0007 ext. 224 to reserve your glass!
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Bubbly for Every Season!

Champagne isn’t just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special.

My daughter Molly is the true Champagne lover in our family, but I do love a good bottle of bubbly. Locally, we host a hugely popular Champagne Tasting each December in our store. What does that mean to our online clients? Great access to fabulous sparklings as we stock up each holiday season. However, I've always said: "Champagne isn't just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special." With so many options, there’s no excuse to let the bubbles fade out at New Year’s Eve. Click here to view our current selection of Rose, Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and other sparkling wines.

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