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Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rosé, California

Red and white blend

German immigrant Jacob Schram founded this historic Napa winery in 1862 and had Chinese labourers carve three kilometres of cellar space into the volcanic rock of Diamond Mountain. Robert Louis Stevenson spent time sampling the wines in the cellars and chronicled the experience in The Silverado Squatters. The estate later was mothballed under Schram's widow when the Prohibition police came a-knockin'. Revived in 1965 by Jack and Jamie Davies, it has adopted the slogan "America's House of Sparkling Wine." The Mirabelle displays a pretty salmon hue and the palate is substantial and bone-dry, with bright berries and crisp citrus joined by bracing minerality. Available in Ontario.

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