• Sounds like a good spartkling wine, Susan. Interesting suggestion to serve it with cheese. May be worth trying.

    • Hi Catarina, As my French friends would say, it all depends on the cheese. It this case it was a great combination. 🙂

  • Right about now I wish I coud indulge a glass. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl, and, oh how you would love this sparkling wine if you did. 🙂

  • Are they chocolatiers as well? A restaurant I used to work at, we would make Scharffenberger brownies (with Scharffenberger chocolate of course).

    • That is a very good question. They are in part. Sharffen Berger Chocolates was found by Robert Steinberg/chocolate connoisseur and John Sharffenberger/sparkling wine maker in 1996. I would call that a perfect match. It is an interesting story all by it self. 🙂

  • I’m still trying to cultivate a liking for sparkling wine. I think most of the one I’ve tried have been too dry…

    • I would say we need to do a sparkling wine tasting, Jeri… 😀 I could probably show you some that would be of interest to you. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Scott

    This may sound like a naive question but is a sparkling wine “lighter” than regular wine? I am interested in trying this. Sometimes I find some wines to heavy or thick.

    • Hi Elizabeth, This is not a dumb question. It is in part, or at least it seems that way due to the effervescence. Wines vary in weight of mouth feel. The key is identify what characteristics are your style and go in that direction when you’re looking for a wine.

  • Oh, I wish we had more time in our upcoming trip to the US to include this as a day trip. Just in case you missed it, I am a bit of a freak for sparkling wine 🙂

    • Hi Rebecca, I hadn’t missed it. You and I are kindred spirits. I love a good bubbly. This will not disappoint you.

      When are you coming to the US and where are you visiting? 🙂

  • Very cool, Susan! I knew Scharffenberger makes some pretty good chocolate, but I didn’t know they made wine! As both operations are in SF area, I’m thinking it must be the same family. Do you know?

    • Hi Doreen, They are indeed. It is an interesting story all by it self. Sharffen Berger Chocolates was found by Robert Steinberg/chocolate connoisseur and John Sharffenberger/sparkling wine maker in 1996. I would call that a perfect match. We may consider making that part of your itinerary. 🙂

  • Sounds like an interesting wine Susan. Reading your articles on the wines and their history, one thing that has struck me is how many started so long ago and are still in operation. There are a few lessons I think we can learn from these wineries.

    • Hi Susan, It is that, I agree. Many have been through allot to stay the course, but in the end they are still mazing businesses. 🙂

  • Julie

    What a lovely sounding sparkling wine. I’ve seen it but haven’t had a chance to try it. Now I definitely will.

    • Hi Julie, It really is a good choice. Enjoy! 🙂

  • HB

    Oh yeah, that sounds like a winner to me. On my list for Mother’s Day.

  • Excuse my ignorance, Susan, but is sparkling wine similar to Champagne? I don’t know much about wine in general but when I drink it (rarely, it seems), I usually prefer Merlot or other dry red wines.

    • Hi Ryan, Sparkling wine is essentially the same as Champagne. Champagne is produced in the Champagne Wine Region of France, the only area allowed to use that name in there sparkling wine varietals. All other wines of that type are called sparkling wine made in the same fashion. Like every varietal, each has verying degrees of dryness. Whatever your choice a good wine; red, white or sparkling are a treat. 🙂

  • Karen Koblan

    I love sparkling wine and I saw at the end of the post you recommended Prosecco. That is our family favorite for celebrations! I want to buy the Scharffenberger for my dad to try. See how he likes it compared to the usual Prosecco! Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Hi Karen, If you enjoy Prosecco than this will be a sparkling wine you will enjoy. Let me know what you (or your Dad) think when you do. 🙂

  • Michael Belk

    Susan I am learning more than just wines selections here, I am learning the history that goes into making the wines also.

    I hear your passion for the wines and the enjoyable things in life. I really appreciate the information you share with us.


    • Hi Michael, Thanks so much for such kind words. That is my goal. I hope to share more then just what a wine tastes like. I want to share some of the vintners amazing stories. 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing some of the amazing wines the states has to offer. I was lucky enough to have a great Chianti for my birthday on the weekend. At the local italian. Not cheap, but then it was my birthday! Just can’t remember that exact vineyard!! hmmmm. Nice Chianti. Love a good Primitivo too!!

    • Hi Mad Lemmings, There is nothing better then a good Chianti with Italian food. I’ve had a nice Primitivo, so I know what you mean. Happy Birthday by the way. I hope it was fabulous. 🙂

  • Kelly Wade

    Two thirds chardonnay and one third pinot noir sounds like a great combination to me! Like you said, it seems like it would pair well with a variety of foods and if you didn’t know what to drink you could grab a bottle of this. I need to visit wine country ASAP!

    • Hi Kelly, Yep, it really does. It is one of my “go to” bubblies when I’m in a pinch. Enjoy my friend. 🙂

  • Mary Slagel

    Yum. That sounds like a delicious wine. I love the idea about calling ahead for a picnic. That seems like it would be an amazing time. Too bad I don’t live out that way 🙁

    • Hi Mary, It is that. I agree, a picnic at any winery are just so much fun. 🙂

  • I am not a traditional drinker, but I do love a nice wine with Curry

    • Hi Paul. I do too. A good curry isn’t easy to find but it is so good when we do, isn’t it?

  • I’ve had Scharffenberger brut before. I love it. We were given a bottle of it for some occasion and really liked it. Don’t know if I’ve ever paired it with a cheese plate though. I’m not very good at the pairings yet. But I always enjoy getting ideas from you on what to do. Thanks Susan.

    • Hi Johnny, You can never go wrong with this choice when you need a little bubbly. As far as pairings, check out my post of a paring guide. I think you would appreciate it’s simplicity. 🙂

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