It’s basically summer in a bottle.
Sparkling but with a balanced flavored, all of the grapes in Lessing’s Sparkling Celebration came from Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. The wine underwent a first fermentation in large steel tanks, then a second fermentation happened in each individual bottle. The wine aged in the bottle for 2 years after which a tiny amount of reserve wine and residual sugar was added to increase the flavor. Then the wines were corked and set aside for another 3 months to allow the wine and liqueur de dosage to integrate.
A long process, for a special wine. Lessing’s Sparkling Celebration’s honors the 125 years Lessing’s has been in business. The company began in 1890 and is now run by the fifth generation of the family.
“It’s a great way to mark what we’ve done with a great partnership and a sparkling wine,” Lessing’s Executive Vice President Mark Lessing said.
It’s not the first time Lessing’s, which employees more than 1400 people, has partnered with local wineries and breweries. In 2009, Lessing’s launched their first signature beer with Blue Point Brewery, a partnership that now includes Local Ale, Local Blonde and Local Cheer. In 2014, Lessing’s partnered with Paumanok Vineyards to release Lessing’s Local Red and Lessing’s Local White wines.
Lessing’s Sparkling Celebration is available for tastings at Sparkling Pointe Vineyard and at Lessing’s restaurants, Mirabelle, Mirabelle Tavern, VIEW and the SandBar (opening in August). From now until Labor Day, every Monday through Thursday, stop by the restaurants and enjoy a glass of Lessing’s Sparkling for $12.50 and oysters for $1.25.
Watch the labeling process on Long Island Pulse‘s Instagram.