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Sparkling Wine-the Finishing Touch for any Celebration

by Lauren Rava

Whether you stay in for a cozy night or bring in the New Year at a swanky party, sparkling wine will add the finishing touch to your celebration.

sparkling wine for a celebration

Nothing says special occasion, celebration or just quiet time with someone special, more than bubbles – sparkling wine bubbles that is.

Lauren and Chad Rava of Rava Wines & Events love sparkling wine so much they’ve devoted their wine making attention to specializing in estate grown sparkling wines crafted in the time-honored méthode champenoise style, the first winery in Paso Robles to do so.

Says Lauren, “for a cozy night in we recommend a good movie, truffle popcorn and Rava Wines sparkling Blanc de Blancs. For a swanky party, Sparkling Rosé would be a showstopper displayed in a champagne tower. The delicacy of this slightly sweet sparkling wine will please the pickiest palate.”

“We believe everyday is a special occasion deserving of a glass of sparkling wine”, says Lauren, and with eight different sparkling wines in their current lineup, there’s one for every day!

Rava Wines & Events -Brut Rosé - Paso Robles

Rava Sparkling Brut Rosé

The cuvée, or base wine, for this sparkler consists of Chardonnay grapes, which were fermented in small stainless steel barrels. A small amount of red wine, made up of estate grown Italian varietals, was added to the cuvée for the second fermentation.

This Brut Rosé, with its gorgeous color, offers vibrant aromas of red current and boysenberry, with accents of pomegranate and rose petals. The lush bubbles are accentuated by hints of black cherry and strawberry rhubarb, capped by a crisp, clean finish.

Rava Wines & Events - Blanc de Blancs - Paso Robles

Rava Blanc de Blancs

The cuvée, or base wine for this sparkler consists of 100% Chardonnay grapes, which were barrel fermented in a combination of neutral French and American oak barrels. It is then bottled for the secondary fermentation and aged, en tirage, or on the yeast, for 14 months. The wine is then disgorged and given a small dosage of brandy before being corked.

The Blanc de Blancs displays a lively bead of refined bubbles and beautiful pale straw color. Aromas of toasted almond and creamy Anjou pear are accented by aromatic floral notes. On the palate, a velvety effervescence with hints of citrus leads to a long, lingering finish.

sparkling wine tower - Rava Wines - Paso Robles

A Glunz Family Holiday Tradition

by Matthew Glunz

Every year the Glunz family makes a mulled wine for the holiday season called Vin Glögg.  My great grandfather who was German opened up a wine store in 1888 right next to a Swedish neighborhood on the north side of Chicago.  Every winter, he would blend up large batches of Glögg in the basement of his store and sell it to the Swedes around Chicago.  130 years later, we still use his original recipe using half port and half red wine.  To that, we add cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg and orange peel.  We let in sit in tank for 2 weeks before we bottle it.  The result is a wine that tastes like Christmas! Our Vin Glögg is intended to be served heated to warm you up from the inside out during the cold winter days.

The Glunz Family is proud to be carrying on this holiday tradition here in the beautiful rolling hills of Paso Robles. We look forward to seeing you at the tasting room this holiday season and raise a glass, or a Glögg Mügg, to toast to….everything!

Happy Holidays!

Glunz Family Vin Glögg - Back Roads Wineries of Paso Robles