Skip to content
Gold Dr. Frank Leaf

Crafting Sparkling Masterpieces

Crafting a bottle of sparkling wine is a labor of love that requires unwavering dedication and precision. From the careful selection of grapes to the meticulous blending process and years of aging, every step is a testament to the artistry and passion behind this exquisite wine. View our 2-minute video of the entire process.

After the lengthy aging process, we prepare the sparkling wines for their final chapter, disgorgement. The bottles are carefully turned and gradually tilted until they are upside down. This allows the sediment to settle in the neck of the bottle. The neck is then frozen, trapping the sediment in a solid plug of ice.

With the help of our disgorging machine, the bottle cap is removed, and the pressure inside ejects the frozen sediment. The bottle is then quickly topped up with a mixture called the ‘liqueur d’expédition’, which determines the wine’s sweetness level, before being corked and caged.

Once caged, each bottle is mixed, washed, dried, foiled, labeled, and packed. Every bottle is hand-touched over two dozen times. This process, perfected over centuries, ensures each bottle of sparkling wine is a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship of its makers.

Let’s raise a glass to Eric and Mary and their hardworking hands and devoted hearts that make each bottle a sparkling masterpiece!

Gold Dr. Frank Leaf

More to Read


Wine Enthusiast – 10 American Sparkling Wines We Love

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2017 Blanc de Noirs Méthode Champenoise (Finger Lakes); $40. 91 Points. Made entirely from Pinot Noir, this traditional-method sparkler boasts crisp, refreshing aromas of white cherry, slate and spring blossom…


A Visit Rooted in Family History

60 years ago, our founder Dr. Konstantin Frank opened his home to visiting guests interested in discovering the first vinifera wines of the Finger Lakes. These guests still remember those first tastings on the porch with Dr. Frank and Eugenia. Four generations later, the Frank family and the team at Dr. Konstantin Frank continue the tradition of sharing legendary wine in an intimate and personal atmosphere.


What is Méthode Champenoise?

You probably know that Champagne is a wine region in France, famous for making the best sparkling wines in the world. But are all Champagnes from France? And what is the meaning of the term “Méthode Champenoise,” found in so many sparkling wine labels from around the world?

Get The Latest

Join our email list and stay connected with updates on new releases, special offers, and events.

Skip to content