40 Under 40
Gold Medal Winner
Winery: Bodkin Wines
Maker: Chris Christensen
Region: North Coast AVA, CA
Notes: Raspberry, grapefruit, citrus
Price per can: $7
Cans Produced: 26,232
Residual Sugar (g/L): 0.0
35% Chardonnay, 21% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Rosé of Zinfandel, 11% Rosé of Petite Syrah, 6% Syrah, 4% Chenin Blanc, 1% ALBARIÑO, 1% Semillon
Chris Christensen is a self-taught, envelope-pushing vintner originally from rural Iowa. He burst onto the wine scene in 2011 with Bodkin wines, where he’s known for being the first American to make a Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc. He was recently dubbed the “Bubbles Innovator” on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 under 40 Tastemaker list, and he’s created eleven wines scored 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast.
Fresh berries and citrus blossoms; a bone dry, lightly bubbly Rosé with zero added sugar. This unique Rosé is a blend of 9 grapes from A to Z, Albariño to Zinfandel. Chris believes in little guys helping little guys; each component is sourced from family farmers on the North Coast. It’s sparkling, aromatic, and downright quaffable.
- 100% Recyclable
- Doesn’t affect the taste
- No light exposure or oxidation
- No “corked” wines
Pink brush strokes send a joyful, celebratory vibe that only bubbles can provide. The various hues celebrate the diverse array of wines that went into this blended rosé and are a nod to Chris’ blended background – ‘cause blending is beautiful, baby.
Any and all celebratory occasions, from the end of 2020 to a sunny Saturday at the beach. We like sipping it alongside creamy Chevre or Brie, or with a fresh, herbaceous vegetable dish.
Whatever happened to pretty, aromatic sparkling wines? The Maker Wine project is about pushing the envelope, it’s about delivering.
The Maker sparkling rosé has got a grapefruit, cranberry, razzmatazz thing going on. It took nine components to get to this level of expression and finesse – it’s a regular United Nations of grapes of origin. It’s rare to see this many aromatic grapes in a sparkling wine. Each component brought its own flavor – the wine is the summation of all these expressive pieces, though not discernable as any one of them. It’s a conventional wine made by unconventional means.
I started with the Chardonnay / Pinot Gris Blanc de Blanc base, blending in drama and panache with a berry medley of Petite Syrah, Syrah, and Zin. The Sauv Blanc gave a lift and a kick to it, up-leveling the aromatics and intrigue. The Syrah and Zin components were natty wines – think spontaneous fermentation, with no additives or additions. The Syrah addition added that electric, springy pop of color.
All components were sourced from family farmers from the North Coast. Diligent stewards of the earth. Wines from a cast of characters with great stories — like dry and organically farmed Syrah from Larry Venturi Ranch and Chardonnay from the Capp Brothers Ranch in Suisun Valley.
“This wine is Jennifer Anniston pretty, that razzle-dazzle, that pow.”
Head Honcho Chris Christensen of Bodkin Wines