This year we all will be celebrating the end of 2020. What an unprecedented year it has been. Typically this time of year we are preparing for large holiday gatherings, family feasts, Christmas galas and New Year’s Eve parties. Even though we might not be rejoicing in large groups, we all will be celebrating in our own special ways.
There is nothing more festive than the pop of a cork on a bottle of bubbly. I love to drink sparkling wines all year-long, but there is something extra special about drinking sparkling wine over the holiday season. When it comes to toasting a happy and healthy New Year, bubbles are a must! Whether you have the traditional snacks at the table like gingerbread cookies, panettone, fruit cake, or its turkey and glazed ham, sparkling wine is the perfect pairing.
There is a spectrum of sparkling wines to toast the New Year, we are talking Champagne, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Crémant and Cava. While sparkling wines are great to ring in the New Year, keep in mind these wines have great acidity, making them a wonderful choice as an aperitif, a celebratory toast, or paired with food. Whether you’re looking for a gift or the perfect wine to pair with your holiday meal, there is a perfect sparkling wine for you. Look no further, these are five great sparkling wines for a bubbly and festive holiday season.
Champagne André Jacquart Vertus Experience Extra Brut Blanc De Blanc
André Jacquart is a “grower champagne” in the truest sense. For four generations, the parents and grandparents of André Jacquart only produced Champagne grapes. In 1958 André Jacquart introduced his own estate-bottled Champagne in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Grand Cru. The Blanc De Blanc is a brilliant pale gold, with a tight bead and persistent mousse. The Chardonnay provides green pear apple and toasted bread on the nose, with distinct wet stone minerality. Lush creamy mousse upon entry, rich full and crisp, with warm toasty elements. Explosive aged Chardonnay elements, intense minerality and great depth of flavor.
Cote Mas Crémant De Limoux Brut
Innovation and a passion for the Languedoc are what drives Jean-Claude Mas. This Crémant embodies Jean-Claude’s philosophy of everyday luxury. The bubbly has a lovely pink hue with delicate and persistent bubbles. Refined scents of honeysuckle, peach and apricot lead way to a soft mouthfeel of grapefruit and blood orange. An excellent aperitif that pairs well with all styles of cuisine.
Lady of Spain Cava
Giró Ribot is Spain’s pre-eminent family-owned and operated producer of Cava. The ancestors of the Giró Ribot family, a noble lineage, are closely tied to the Penedès region by bonds that go back over several generations as wine, Cava and spirit producers. There is a pale color in the glass, translucent, with greenish tints, and with a steady effervescence. Fine, delicate and very clean, with lightly toasted pastry notes and syrupy fruits. There are hints of pastry and fresh fruits, altogether elegant and lively.
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore DOCG
The word ‘Rustico’ dates back to an old winemaking tradition where Prosecco was made using a short second fermentation in the bottle and leaving the sediments in the wine. Although no longer the technique, the name ‘Rustico’ has remained as a reflection of quality and tradition. The Prosecco has a bright golden straw color with bright aromas. On the palate, it is persistent, crisp, fruity and floral. Rustico is refreshing and creamy.
Barone Pizzini Rosé Franciacorta Edizione 2014
Barone Pizzini was founded in 1870 by the noble family of the same name. It is one of the oldest wineries in Franciacorta. Made from grapes grown in vineyards that lie on the edge of the woods, this sensual and idyllic expression of Pinot Noir is transformed into notes of underbrush, currant, and blueberry together with hints of black cherry in the glass. The structure and balance of this wine are interwoven in a lingering tension between its rich flavor and acidity.