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Kramer Vineyards

Kramer Vineyards
July 3, 2023 | Sparkling Wines | Kramer Vineyards

The Art of Sparkling Wine: Storage, Opening, Serving, and Stemware - Kramer Style!

Welcome to the world of Oregon sparkling wine, where proper storage, opening, serving, and stemware selection are key to preserving the integrity and enhancing the experience of each effervescent sip. At Kramer Vineyards in the north Willamette Valley, we take great pride in sharing our expertise on these essential aspects. Join us as we unlock the secrets of Kramer Vineyard's sparkling wines and discover the unique character that Oregon brings to the world of bubbles. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of storage, graceful bottle opening, impeccable serving techniques, and stemware that elevates the enjoyment of our Oregon sparkling creations.

Proper Storage: Nurturing the Effervescence of Oregon's Sparkling Wines



Creating the Ideal Environment

To properly store your bottles of Oregon sparkling wine, creating an ideal environment that allows them to age gracefully and preserve their vibrant flavors is crucial. Consider the following factors:

  • Temperature and Humidity Control: For long-term storage, maintain a consistent and cool temperature between 45°F (7°C) and 55°F (13°C) to prevent fluctuations that could affect the wine's flavor and effervescence. Aim for a humidity level between 50% and 80% to avoid cork drying or excessive moisture.
  • Minimizing Light Exposure: Protect your bottles from UV light, which can cause undesirable flavors. Store them in a dark or dimly lit area, such as a wine cellar or a cabinet with opaque doors.
  • Allowing Bubbles to Evolve and Mature: Store the bottles horizontally to keep the cork moist and prevent it from drying out. This position ensures a proper seal and preserves the wine's effervescence as the bubbles gradually evolve, adding complexity to the wine over time.

 Graceful Bottle Opening: Celebrating Oregon's Sparkling Wine

Mastering the Technique of Opening Bottles of Sparkling Wine

Opening a bottle of Oregon sparkling wine is an art that adds to the anticipation and enjoyment of the moment. Follow these steps to open your sparkling wine like a pro: 

  • Remove the foil or wire cage gently, keeping your thumb on top of the cork.
  • Wrap a tea towel around the cork and the top of the bottle to better grip and prevent the cork from flying unexpectedly.
  • Hold the bottle at a slight angle, pointing away from yourself and others.
  • Firmly grip the towel-covered cork and twist the bottle (not the cork) to gradually release the pressure, creating a soft and elegant pop.

By incorporating the tea towel, you can enhance your grip on the bottle, especially if it has become slippery due to being in an ice bath or condensation. This extra precaution ensures a controlled and safe opening, allowing you to enjoy the experience of opening an Oregon sparkling wine bottle.



Unveiling Unique Character

As the cork is released, the aromas and flavors of our Oregon sparkling wine come to life. Take a moment to appreciate the effervescent bubbles dancing in the glass, indicating the wine's exceptional quality. The initial burst of bubbles reveals the wine's freshness and liveliness, creating a captivating visual display.

Just like still wines, sparkling wines transform as they warm slightly and have some air contact in the glass. This evolution can be a fascinating journey as the wine's aromas and flavors develop and unfold.

Savor each sip and allow the wine to evolve in the glass. Notice how the aromas become more pronounced, the flavors become more nuanced, and the texture becomes more expressive. Initially energetic and effervescent, the bubbles may mellow slightly over time, revealing a more delicate and refined effervescence.

Each glass offers a unique glimpse into the wine's character, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship and the distinct terroir of Kramer Vineyard. Embrace the evolving nature of the wine as it warms and breathes in the glass, allowing it to reveal its true depth and complexity.

By taking the time to appreciate the wine's evolution in the glass, you can fully immerse yourself in the captivating experience of our Oregon sparkling wines and discover the intricate layers that make them truly special.

Impeccable Serving Techniques: Enhancing the Oregon Sparkling Experience



Finding the Ideal Serving Temperature

Serving our Oregon sparkling wines at the right temperature is crucial to fully appreciating their flavors, aromas, and effervescence. Ensuring the bottle is chilled to the optimal temperature can enhance the tasting experience and unlock the wine's true potential.

To bring out the best in most sparkling wines, we recommend serving them at a temperature between 41°F (5°C) and 45°F (7°C). This range helps preserve the bottle's effervescence and showcases the wine's fresh citrus notes and lively acidity. It's a great serving temperature that allows the wine to express its vibrant character.

For vintage Champagnes and extended tirage sparkling wines, you can slightly adjust the serving temperature to around 45°F to 50°F (7°C to 10°C). This subtle increase in temperature can enhance the development of toast and biscuit notes, adding complexity to these special wines.

While it's important to consider these recommendations, serving temperature is a personal preference, and you may find slight variations that suit your taste. The key is to avoid over-chilling, as excessively low temperatures can diminish the flavors and nuances of the wine. If your bottle feels too cold, allow it to rest at room temperature for a few minutes to gently warm up before serving.

By serving our Oregon sparkling wines at the recommended temperatures, you can fully appreciate their vibrant flavors, delightful aromas, and effervescent charm, ensuring a gratifying and memorable tasting experience.

Selecting Appropriate Stemware

The selection of stemware for sparkling wines is highly personal and often sentimental. Our recommendations aim to enhance the enjoyment of our Oregon sparkling wines, but ultimately, you should use the stemware that brings you the most joy, whether it be a coupe, flute, glass, or tumbler. The shape of the glass can influence the release of aromas, the display of bubbles, and the overall tasting experience. Here are some recommendations for different types of sparkling wines:

  • For Pét-Nat & Celebrate wines, Prosecco, or Sekt: Flute
    We recommend using flute glasses for our Celebrate and sparkling wines like prosecco or sekt. The slender and narrow flute shape helps maintain the effervescence and makes the bubbles last longer. It also creates an elegant and visually captivating experience, perfect for celebrating special moments.
  • For Traditional sparkling wines: Flute or Riedel Oregon Pinot Glass
    For our traditional method sparkling wines, you have a couple of options. Flute glasses, with their slender shape, can preserve the effervescence and showcase the wine's lively bubbles. Alternatively, you can also use the Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glass with a larger bowl. The broader bowl of this glass allows the bubbles to unfurl and develop, providing more space for the wine's aromas to evolve.
  • Vintage champagnes or extended tirage sparkling wines: Riedel Champagne glasses or the Riedel Oregon Pinot Glass
    It's best to use glasses that can fully express their complexity for special wines like vintage champagnes or extended tirage sparkling wines. Riedel Champagne glasses, designed specifically for sparkling wines, provide the perfect shape to capture the wine's aromas and allow them to develop. Alternatively, you can also use the Riedel Oregon Pinot Noir glass, which offers a larger bowl to enhance the wine's aromatics and the expression of its unique character.

Choosing the right stemware enhances the visual appeal and allows you to fully experience our Oregon sparkling wines' aromas, flavors, and effervescence. Enjoy the captivating dance of bubbles and savor every sip in the glass that complements your chosen wine.



The Gentle Pour

A gentle and steady approach preserves the effervescence when pouring our Oregon sparkling wines. Tilt the glass at a slight angle and pour the wine slowly down the side of the glass, allowing it to cascade gently. This technique minimizes agitation, preserving the bubbles and preventing excessive foaming. When finished serving, seal the bottle with a sparkling stopper to hold the pressure for your next glass.

In the picturesque Willamette Valley, Kramer Vineyards proudly crafts exquisite Oregon sparkling wines that captivate the senses and reflect the region's unique terroir. By mastering the art of storage, opening, serving, and selecting the right stemware, you can unlock the full potential of our Méthode Champenoise creations. Ready to embark on your sparkling wine journey with Kramer Vineyards? Explore our exquisite selection of Oregon sparkling wines and experience the magic of bubbles in every sip. Visit our sparkling wine collection to discover our wines' exceptional craftsmanship and unique character. Cheers to living your best sparkling life the Kramer way!


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