Toad Hollow Risque French Sparkling Wine Non-Vintage $15 (France)
This fun and feisty, non-vintage sparkling wine is made with 100 percent mauzac grapes sourced from Southern France. Expect a bit more sweet in this one, thanks to higher levels of residual sugar and weighing in considerably lower on the alcohol scale (popping in at 6 percent ABV). The nose exudes some serious spiced apple cider notes with a decent dose of wildflower honey in the mix. On the palate, expect round two for the rich, ultra ripe flavors of Honeycrisp apple well presented in a light-bodied style, with solid balance and an extremely food-friendly nature. The bubbles are more in line with a gentle frizzante-style than full-blown champagne, subtle accents not a central theme. Give this delicious sparkling wine a go with baked Brie, topped with your favorite red berries or enjoy simply as an aperitif.