Chateau Frank, sister winery to Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars in Hammondsport, has long been known for its award-winning bubbly. Its 2002 Blanc de Noirs (retails at $29.99) has won numerous gold or double gold medals in competition this year. It has a distinctive pinot noir fruit flavor with a light yeasty character and a creamy finish. The 2002 Brut ($24.99) has won even more accolades, including a sparkling wine of the year award at the Indy International Wine Competition in Indianapolis.
Another award-winning sparkling wine is the 2002 Brut from Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee ($24.99). This bubbly has bright fruit flavors with a blend of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. It finishes slightly creamy.
Dr. Frank’s offers a 2008 Bunch Select Late Harvest Riesling ($69.99) made from grapes that were hand-picked in early November.