I daydreamed of pairing this wine with a duck dish when I first sipped it. The wine is very fruity and full-bodied, two things which help it stand up to the rich flavors of duck. But the wine’s refreshing crispness is also a nice respite from that very richness.

I am going to forget elegant terms here, and just call it like it is: this is a killer sparkling wine. It can stand up to other rich dishes like pastas with cream sauces and even barbecued pork ribs. You can also just take in all of its fruity flavors and sip it as an aperitif. This wine is delicious, no matter how you serve it.

Another great Schramsberg sparkler from winemaker, Keith Hock.

If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please bring it to the St. Helena Star office, 1200 Main St., Suite C during regular business hours. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered. For questions, concerns contact Catherine Seda, (707) 337-6840 or catseda@gmail.com.

— Catherine Seda is the Star’s tasting panel writer.

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