Since Labor Day was created by the labor movement to honor U.S. workers, it seems only fitting to celebrate the occasion with wine produced in this country. And what could be better for the holiday than domestic sparkling wines? These festive wines don’t have to break the bank either. In fact, you can easily find high-quality, inexpensive U.S. sparklers that are made through the Méthode Champenoise, the same process used to make pricier authentic Champagne. Here are two examples.
14 Hands Brut, Columbia Valley, Washington
Bought • Dierbergs, 7235 Watson Road, in August for $14.99
Description • This delicate blend, which was named a Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast, comes from 14 Hands, an extremely successful brand owned by Ste. Michele Wine Estates. Although it’s a brut sparkler, it’s not bone dry and is quite fruity, tasting of fresh apples with a touch of citrus. This is an easy-to-drink, light-bodied wine with a relatively low level of alcohol (11 percent). This is a fun wine that can be sipped alone or with snacks and appetizers.
Korbel California Champagne Chardonnay
Bought • Dierbergs, 7235 Watson Road, in August for $14.59
Description • This effervescent chardonnay comes from Korbel, founded in 1882 and one of the oldest U.S. sparkling wine houses. Although it was also named a Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast, it’s a very different style than the 14 Hands. This is a bigger, richer and more complex sparkling wine that has been partially aged in oak. Soft and slightly buttery, it tastes of apples, pears and tropical fruit with vanilla notes. It would go well with chicken, fish and cream sauces.