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Finke’s is Winc’s pursuit to define a new style of quality California sparkling wine that perfectly reflects the state’s sun-kissed fruit.
Sparkling Wine & California: The two have been intertwined since the 19th century by way of France’s northern Champagne wine region. Back then, Golden State winemakers looked to the famous French bubbly as a beverage to emulate. Today, a new generation of producers is making waves across the United States, experimenting with grape varieties and winemaking techniques to create a modern breed of American sparkling wine independent of Champagne. While Champagne is derived from varying blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, US producers are searching for other grapes with flavors that might work well in sparkling form.
“We ended up, through trial and error, with this vision of trying to create something new with this really vibrant, bright, fresh style of sparkling wine that’s still showing off the classic ripe California fruit,” says Brian Smith of his first Finke’s. His exploration of California's bubbly potential culminated in a wine made of tart, floral and earthy Chenin Blanc, and big, fruity Chardonnay. Winc’s foray into bubbles joins a new cast of American fizz: elegant, mineral-driven sparkling wines from cool climates like New York, and exuberant ripe and fruity bubblies from sun-drenched locales like California.
About the Name: Finke’s is a reference to the rebellious past of Alois Finke. Alois Finke was a 19th century California sparkling winemaker whose brand was named A. Finke’s Widow. (Fun fact: A. Finke’s Widow plays off the iconic champagne brand Veuve Clicquot; Veuve means “widow” in French.) A. Finke’s Widow was sued for labeling its product as 'California Premium Champagne' as champagne is a term reserved only for wine grown and produced in the French region of Champagne.