Best Bubbly for New Year’s Eve Celebrations Slideshow
December 21, 2012
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.
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Non-Vintage $18 (Italy)
Fresh, fruit-filled with clean, crisp lines and no-nonsense balance, the Nino France Rustico Prosecco brings well-priced bubbles to the table with the scents of fresh baked bread, zesty citrus, and D'Anjou pear dominating the nose. Light-bodied with an innate fruit focus, this popular prosecco maintains persistent bubbles and a delicate, mineral-driven finish. Prosecco partners well with a wide variety of flavorful appetizers smoked salmon, chilled shrimp, and prosciutto with melon.
Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava Non-Vintage $12 (Spain)
Cava is Spains brilliant gift to the world of sparkling wine. Typically crafted in a dry style, the famous bubbles from Catalonia steer toward a medium-body with palate textures ranging from creamy to crisp. The Segura Viudas Aria Brut spotlights pineapple and pear on the nose with an underlying herbal nuance. Affordable elegance with admirable balance and ongoing structure, this cava is well-suited for pairing with serrano ham, seafood themes, Mediterranean tapas, almond desserts, and sushi.
Domaine Chandon Reserve Pinot Noir Brut Non-Vintage $22 (California)
Composed of 80 percent pinot noir and 20 percent chardonnay grapes, this sparkling wine from Domaine Chandon presents a fairly full-bodied style with the engaging scents of pumpkin spice, toasted almonds, and baked fruit pie. The palate profile brings ripe red fruit and a creamy lemon-lime character, courtesy of the chardonnay, in layers of warm spice and exotic textures. A top pick sparkling wine from California for the seasons most festive celebrations, consider pairing with mushroom risotto, pork tenderloin, smoked salmon pt, or turn it up a notch and bring out the caviar.
Mumm Napa Prestige Non-Vintage (California) $20
Floral notes with apricot and lemon zest open the aromatic scene, followed by a heady mix of strawberry and citrus fruit on the palate. A medium-bodied bubbly with an impressive mousse and ongoing elegance based on both intrinsic balance and the synergistic blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, Mumm Napa makes a heck of a sparkling wine at an astonishing price. This wine is perfect for pairing with shellfish, quiche, smoked tuna, or rich lobster bisque.
Schramsberg "Mirabelle" North Coast Rosé Non-Vintage (California) $20
Gorgeous pink in color, this non-vintage, brut ros from California highlights a nose of fresh-picked strawberries with a subtle splash of vanilla and classic brioche character. The palate reveals vibrant, focused fruit well supported by a network of mouthwatering acidity, concentrated bubbles, and a crisp, clean finish. Mirabelle will work well with seared scallops, shrimp scampi, creamy sauces, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rose Non-Vintage (France) $20
A beautiful, salmon-colored bubbly from the Alsatian region of France, the Lucien Albrecht Crmant gathers ripe strawberry and juicy raspberry fruit flavors and gently mingles them with an unmistakable, earthy character in a wine with exceptional balance, complexity, and length. Give this bubbly a go with a charcuterie plate, rack of lamb, or bouillabaisse stew.
Anna de Codorníu, Cava Brut Non-Vintage (Spain) $10
An absolutely delicious rendition of Spains value-driven cava sparkling wine, marked by the dominating forces of chardonnay with lively support from three of Spains classic cava grapes (parellada, macabeo and xarello). Expect pale yellow color nuances, tropical fruit aromas leaning heavily on pineapple and citrus with ripe apple character making an impact on the palate wrapped in an elegant structural style and persistent bubbles. This budget-friendly bubbly is perfect for pairing with shellfish and sushi favorites.
Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rose “Perle d'Aurore” Brut (France) $13
The Louis Boillot "Perle dAurore" (French for "Pearl of the Dawn") is an enchanting ros crmant from Burgundy. Crafted from 80 percent pinot noir and 20 percent gamay grapes presented in an inspiring combination, this elegant crmant showcases juicy strawberry fruit, both on the nose and the palate, which is well-maintained by a bracing acidity carrying the forward fruit to the finish in perfect balance. Dry, clean and crisp, this sparkler promises exceptional quality for the price, rivaling wines that cost double and deliver significantly less. This sparkling wine is food-friendly and ultra-versatile an excellent choice for pairing with a variety of hors d'oeuvres.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne Non-Vintage (France) $35
A classic, entry-level cuvee from Champagne that brings all the festive fuss into one well-crafted bottle of bubbly, Pol Rogers delivers a richness and depth from first sip to persistent finish. Expect a brilliant showing of apple and pear playing the aromatics with warm, toasty notes singing backup. Fruit, acidity, minerals, and uniform balance make this champagne worth tracking down, and pairing up with canaps, caviar, lobster, oysters, and a variety of fresh sushi finds.