Do you make a case for every day bubbles?
Or do you simply invent 365 milestones a year so you can make bubbly a daily libation?
I fall into the latter category. But I have no trouble coming up with reasons to celebrate those heady flavors of brioche and crème brulee riding on crisp acidity. There’s always somebody’s birthday to celebrate — even if it’s a cousin’s who is five times removed.
A treasure for bubbly-lovers is Sigh in Sonoma, a place that was founded in 2012 to fill the void in Wine Country with a venue that would treat this drink like royalty. Today Sigh also serves brews, still wines and light bites, welcoming latent bubbly-lovers into the fold.
One significant perk of a bubbly excursion at Sigh is there’s no need to plan or prep for it. There’s no two month waiting list like you have at the French Laundry in Yountville. You can just pop in at any time and be served, which allows you to be a spontaneous sipper as opposed to a buttoned down, Type A taster. Naturally you may not always get the flight of your dreams, but chances are you’ll be able to find something incredible.
Listed on Sigh’s website is its top flight for two ounce pours:
Tête de Cuvée — $85: 2006 Dom Perignon, Epernay; 2009 Louis Roederer Cristal; and Krug Grande Cuvee, Reims
For the budget-savvy, here’s a peek at a couple of less expensive flights:
Champagne — $22: Monthuys Pére et Fils, Charly-Sur-Marne; Charles Ellner “Carte Blanche,” Epernay; and Paul Laurent Cuvée du Fondateur, Bethon
California Sparkling — $18: 2013 Domaine Carneros Brut, Napa; 2009 Gloria Ferrer Royal Cuvée, Sonoma; and 2013 Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée, Sebastopol
And for those of you who crave the unexpected, here’s the flight for you:
Dealer’s Choice — $22: Tell us your favorite style and let us surprise you with some of OUR favorites.
Sigh, it turns out, is a timely pick. It’s in the aftermath of the holidays when all the bubbly-lovers find themselves searching for a sparkling watering hole. They have a lot of drinking to do — after all — to keep pace with their 365 days of invented milestones.
Sigh, 120 W. Napa St., Sonoma, sighsonoma.com, 707-996-2444.
Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-521-5310.