Breakfast in bed is what mom really wants on Mother’s Day.
But moms deserve a better beverage than a basic glass of orange juice on their special day. So while the kids are downstairs splattering the kitchen walls in an adorable attempt to make French toast on their own, give mom something else to pass the time: bubbles in bed. We’ve picked a handful of sparkling wines from across the globe guaranteed to make staying under the covers this Sunday even more magical.
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Best Sparkling Wines for Breakfast in Bed
Ferrari 2006 Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore Extra Brut Rosé (Trento); $135, 95 points. Delicately scented, this refined sparkler offers enticing scents of red berry, apple, cake spice and a whisper of citrus. The vibrant focused palate is loaded with finesse, delivering red cherry, pomegranate, bread crust and a graphite note alongside bright acidity and an elegant perlage. Taub Family Selections. —Kerin O’Keefe
Gloria Ferrer 2013 Late Disgorged Carneros Cuvée Sparkling Rosé (Carneros); $85, 94 points. Orange in color, with a dry intense mousse of great intrigue, this aged sparkling offers limestone-like mineral flavor that continues in its texture of wet stone and oyster shell. The fruit is subtle and integrated, a mix of key lime and green apple that peaks midpalate and allows the acidity to speak resoundingly on the finish. This is made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. —Virginie Boone
Maximin Grünhäuser 2015 Sekt Brut Riesling (Mosel); $36, 93 points. Juicy lemon and grapefruit are offset by hints of biscuit and brioche in this traditional-method Riesling sekt. It’s an invigorating sip marked by vibrant lemon-lime acidity and fine persistent bubbles. A dosage of auslese Riesling lends a lingering vein of honey on the finish. Loosen Bros. USA. —Anna Lee C. Iijima
Halter Ranch 2015 Libelle Picpoul Blanc Sparkling (Adelaida District); $50, 93 points. One of the first sparkling Picpoul Blancs in the area, this is a compelling argument for making more. Floral aromas of honeysuckle and jasmine meet with wet river stone, lime peel and nectarine on the nose. The palate is loaded with lemon zest and hints of passion fruit and mango, proving unique and delicious. Editors’ Choice. —Matt Kettmann
Maison Jussiaume 2016 Brut Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Rogue Valley); $65, 93 points. Produced entirely from Del Rio Vineyards Chardonnay, this makes an important statement about the potential for Southern Oregon méthode Traditionelle bubbly. It’s exceptional in every way, from the delicate mousse to the aromatics of citrus and clover and into a penetrating palate with terrific length and finesse. The fruitiness of New World sparkling wines is tamped down, and the expressive delicacy and lightly toasty flavors of true Champagne come immediately to mind. Editors’ Choice. —Paul Gregutt
Gerhard Pittnauer 2017 Pitt Nat Rosé Sparkling (Weinland Österreich); $30, 92 points. Creaminess on the nose has the peppery edge of just ripe red fruit, reminiscent of savory rose hip and red currant. There clearly is a little funk on the nose, but the light palate is a hedonistic, weightless moment of uncommon, creamy, fizzy lightness. The wine seems weightless, fresh and wonderfully red-fruited with its tender tartness. Frivolous perhaps, but delicious, light and dry, too. Savio Soares Selections. —Anne Krebiehl MW
Morell-Peña 2017 Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise Zero Dosage Sparkling (Columbia Valley); $45, 92 points. This is the inaugural release of this wine, which was aged in concrete eggs. With all of the fruit coming from Solaksen Vineyard on the Royal Slope, compelling aromas of lemon, lemon balm and autolytic notes lead to bright, tart, racy flavors. The high-wire acidity provides the perfect frame and structure. It impresses. Put it on the dinner table to see it at its best. Editor’s Choice. —Sean P. Sullivan
Starfield NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (El Dorado); $26, 90 points. This is an exciting wine made from Marsanne, Fiano and Muscat grapes grown in the Sierra Foothills region. Generous pear, butter and vanilla flavors give this smooth and fine-grained wine plenty of substance, while a hint of sweetness and some mellow, spicy notes kick in on the finish. —Jim Gordon
Published: May 7, 2019