Only $7.99 gets you this highly quaffable sparkling wine from the Aldi, the Chiare Blanc de Blancs.
The wine is made using the Charmat method, with the secondary fermentation creating all those delicious bubbles happening in large tanks and then bottled under pressure. (This is as opposed to Champagne where the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle.)
The Chiare Blanc de Blancs is available exclusively through Aldi and sells for just $7.99.
Pinot Blanc is typically the first grape to come off the vine – picked around 21 Brix (or sugar level). The Riesling and Muscat hang longer on the vine to ensure they’ve reached full maturity, maximizing their beautiful aromas. The grapes are picked at a lower brix to ensure the sparkling wine has modest alcohol content.
By adding small amounts of Riesling into the blend, exotic notes of pineapple peak through, while the inclusion of Muscat contributes aromas of honeysuckle and apricots.
The 2017 Chiare Blanc de Blancs begins with pleasing aromas of apple, pear, lemon, honeysuckle and a little fresh baked bread. Taking a sip reveals a crisp, fresh and easy drinking wine with similar flavors to the nose. With lots of refreshing bubbles and good acidity, this will pair with lots of different meals or as a great palate cleanser between courses. It ends crisp and dry on the decent length finish.