Refreshing Summer Sparkler – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Refreshing Summer Sparkler


Winemaker James Frey taste-testing his bubbly. Photo cred Kathryn Elsesser.

You’ll find few sparkling wines drier and more racy than the Pashey line of sparklers from Trisaetum’s James Frey. This blanc de blancs of chardonnay, from the Ribbon Ridge estate in Oregon, is as lean as it gets, sharp and lemony, with lemon, apple, and breadcrust scents marked by a live wire of citrusy acids. The dryness exposes a mineral edge for an oyster feast from Nevør Shellfish Farm in Tillamook, OR. (150 cases) 

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Pashey 2018 Ribbon Ridge Blanc de Blancs

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Patrick J. Comiskey covers US wines for Wine & Spirits magazine, focusing on the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Coast and New York’s Finger Lakes.


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