Oklahoma retailers expect lots of bubbly to go out the door in time for New Year's Eve

As the holiday approaches, Oklahoma partiers are expected to cause a last-minute rush on bottles of sparkling wine and Champagne.
BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Modified: December 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: December 29, 2012
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Nuyaka Creek Winery is one of the only Oklahoma wine producers that has made sparkling wine — the drink du jour on holidays like New Year's Eve.

Their sparkling blackberry vintage, produced in the traditional French method, is currently sold out, but the husband and wife duo that run the winery hope to have more in production by next year.

“Normally, we try to do it around the holidays but we were too busy this year,” said vintner Pete Jones, who owns Nuyaka Creek with his wife, Dianne.

The winery produces more than two dozen varieties and their specialty is an elderberry wine often consumed for medicinal and immune-boosting purposes.

Making sparkling wine is similar to still wine except for an extra step in the fermentation process. A blend of base wine, yeast and sugar are added, then sealed and fermented a second time in the bottle, which captures carbon dioxide released in the process, making bubbles, according to the Wine Institute in California.

Special, heavy glass Champagne bottles with wired-on corks are used to withstand the pressure inside without cracking.

Sparkling wine and Champagne ranges in style from very dry, dry, and slightly sweet to sweet. Many are identified as Blanc de blancs (wines made from chardonnay grapes), Blanc de noirs (produced from black grapes) or rose/pink sparkling wine, which has a small amount of red wine added in, the Wine Institute says.

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