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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Sparkling Wine Find: the Chandon Garden Spritz

Chandon Garden Spritz with its Valencia oranges. Photo Courtesy Chandon. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

It is a bouquet of orange peel, herbs, spices and Chandon’s signature sparkling wine, offering up a tasteful, refined and delicious new take on the spritz. The Chandon Garden Spritz is a delightful blend that contains absolutely no artificial aromas or colors and can be served up by just adding three ice-cubes into a spritz glass which can be enlivened with a slice of dried orange and a sprig of rosemary. The Garden Spritz from Chandon was inspired by the Argentine predilection for bitter tastes. The house was founded in Argentina over 60 years ago.

The beverage is made with the house of Chandon’s Chandon Brut which is produced in Mendoza in the foothills of the Argentine Andes. The bitter flavor comes from the macerated mixture of orange peel, herbs and spices and grape brandy. And the real secret ingredient is the choice of the Valencia oranges produced without pesticides in a family farm in the Province of Entre-Rios. The Chandon Brut is a savant blend of three grape varieties, the Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir and the Semillon which are cultivated at an altitude of 1,000 meters. The wine has been vinified using the long fermentation method in the vat which conserves the authentic taste of the grapes. The oranges are hand-picked and hand peeled with the zests being dried in the oven.

This delightful beverage was created by Ana Paulo Bartolucci one of the house’s ecologists or wine experts. Chandon was founded in 1959 in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina. The house produces exceptional sparkling wines emanating from six vineyards around the world.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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