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Day 12 – Secret Society Frizzante

Merry Christmas!

Welcome to Day 12!

What better way to celebrate Christmas and the end of our 2022 holiday wine advent calendar than with a glass of bubbles. Although we’d like to think that today is a special day worth celebrating, we also want to emphasize that you don’t necessarily need a celebration to open a bottle of sparkling wine! Sparkling wine is one of the most versatile categories of wine…they go with almost anything. Our non-vintage Frizzante-style wine is truly designed to be an everyday wine. Clean and fresh flavours and aromas, crisp and dry on the palate, and a beautiful mousse make this wine approachable to everyone.

What is non-vintage, you ask? Great question! A non-vintage wine means it was made with grapes from different vintages. This is a style of winemaking quite common to sparkling wines from around the world. Each year, new grapes are pressed and fermented, then added to a tank containing the base wine from a previous vintage or vintages. The concept here is to build a multi-year base wine that gets added to each year, and then a proportion taken out each year and bottled. The famous sparkling wine domains of Champagne use this method to create a “house style” that is recognizable and consistent year after year.  Our Frizzante wine is made with grapes from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 vintages. Can you guess what the mystery grape varietals are?!?!?

We hope you enjoy this wine. Scroll down to see tasting notes and some of the wine specs, followed by today’s food pairing suggestion: Mint & Sumac Ricotta Crostini with Cucumber Curls. This is a delicious as an appetizer or part of a light lunch, and super easy to make. Share some pictures of your food pairings and your guesses on the grapes in our private Facebook group!

From all of us here at Black Market, we want to thank you for being a part of our community of wine lovers, and for the support you’ve shown us over the year. We hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s advent calendar. We’ll keep all of these pages up on the website throughout the year, so that you can refer back to them as needed.

Happy Holidays from Black Market Wine Co.

Wine Profile

Winemaker Notes
We have been building the base wine for this mysterious Frizzante-style bubbly for three years. All varietals in each vintage were fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness of the wine.

Tasting Notes
Crisp and dry, our Secret Society Frizzante is the perfect everyday bubbly! A mysterious blend of 5 aromatic white grapes, it’s bursting with floral notes and aromas of orchard fruits. Lively and refreshing on the palate with flavours of green apple, peach, lime zest and pink grapefruit.

Food Pairings
This wine is perfect when paired with good food and great friends! Sparkling wines are one of the most versatile wines to pair with food, as they go with almost anything! Salty snacks like popcorn and chips; canapes and charcuterie boards; fresh salads…the list goes on!

Wine Specs

Vintage Non-Vintage
Appellation Okanagan Valley VQA
Vineyards Kaleden, Naramata, Osoyoos
Acid 5.4 g/L
pH 3.35
Residual Sugar 1.0 g/L
Alcohol % 12.2
Production: 250 cases