An Ode to American Sparkling Wine (and Current Favorites)


Now is the time to be drinking American sparkling wine. From fresh, fruity pet-nats to seriously-good Champagne Method wines, the category is simply world class. There are so many talented producers to choose from, but here are some of our current favorites to seek out.

Cruse Wine Co.

Is there a greater ambassador for sparkling wine in the U.S. than Michael Cruse?

He’s behind the outside-of-category Ultramarine wines - our country’s most coveted sparkling. Right beside it is a broad lineup of Champagne method wines and pet-nats that elevates how the wine world judges American sparkling. Highlights include a perpetually aged sparkling wine and a crushable white Zin that flips the category on its head.

michael cruse


There's a new release from the venerable team of Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr – and perhaps American wine’s best value. We're talking about the 2016 Blanc de Blancs made from 100% Chardonnay, aged 40 months sur lie in neutral barrique with no dosage. 

With Selosse on the mind (“...we love that Selosse drinks like a way older champagne upon release” - Moorman) they aged Sanford and Benedict Chard for 5 years prior to disgorgement, and bottled with no dosage. Their labor of love shows with gorgeous wine but not in the price.

sandhi blanc de blancs

More Single Vintage, Single Varietal Bottles

Here are some more Champagne Method wines to track down:

RACINES sparkling is an opportunity to see Rodolphe Peters (yes, of PIERRE PETERS) work with American terroir (Spoiler: he crushed it). 

The boys from BEDROCK make some of the best single vineyard wines with their 'Under the Wire' label.

Angela Osborne’s TRIBUTE TO GRACE biodynamic 'Gracias Madre' is a high toned beauty.

We've mentioned how much we love Santa Cruz, yes? Rodolphe's influence extends here, too, in this absolutely gorgeous collaboration with RHYS.

New York Sparklers

New York’s affordable, unique, and non-vinifera takes are worthy of your attention.

The much loved tiny production CHËPIKA wines from the one and only Pascaline Lepeltier, and FLX grower Nathan Kendall. We just received beloved Delaware cuvée, which got an upgrade to traditional method this vintage.

Also from the Finger Lakes is the nervy and aromatic Cayuga pet-nat from OSMOTE. It's a joyous wine with a price that's also worth celebrating.

More Pet-Nats and Delicious Odd-balls

Already a nonconformist in California wine, Ryan Stirm's LOS CHUCHAQUIS collab with Jehan Hakimian draws even further outside the lines. Albariño (the majority from Rorick Heritage vineyard) is a fizzy, tropical breath of fresh air (and, unfined/unfiltered/no sulfur!).

Pinot Grigio can hang, too...especially at the hands of the crew at Lodi's CARBONISTE. Fresh, zippy, low alcohol bubbles that are perfectly at home as an aperitif or sipped throughout a party.

The party in the U.S.A. doesn't stop there. Check out all the other American Sparkling in our current collection.