Onabay specializes in and still wines, and also produces sparkling wines. The 2006 Night Heron ($25) is fruity, with a hint of herbs; the 2006 Blanc de Blancs Brut ($36) sparkling wine, citrusy and refreshing, made with .
I met Chiara at the City Winery event Uncork New York, where she was friendly and chatty, and decided to taste the Blanc de Blancs Brut 2006. The Andersons were inspired by the Blanc de Blancs Champagnes of the Cote des Blancs region. The wine is 100% Chardonnay. The wine is made by the traditional method, with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle. It benefits from contact with the lees that allow the acidity of the wine to soften just enough to achieve an elegant balance. The very modest level of sugar in the dosage that is added back during disgorgement ensures that the wine remains crisp and refreshing on the palate.