Ah, there's something about seeing bubbles dancing in a wine glass that puts a smile on even the most stoic of faces. While Champagne may have set the standard for sparkling wines, there are many others that deliver the joy of Champagne at a fraction of the price. Since 1851, Bouvet-Ladubay, in the Loire Valley, has been one of France’s greatest producers of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine. In France, you'll find Bouvet-Ladubay being poured at glamorous events such as the Cannes Film Festival. Pick up a bottle of elegant yet affordable Bouvet-Ladubay Signature Brut or Excellence Brut Rosé to add a dash of ooh la la to your next gathering.
Bouvet-Ladubay Signature Brut ($15.99)
This charming sparkling wine is a blend of the Loire Valley's indigenous grape Chenin Blanc (80%) and a touch of Chardonnay (20%). Crisp and clean, it has fine bubbles and an elegant citrus flavor with a wonderful minerality and a subtle hint of brioche. This elegant sip is a perfect apéritif and will also pair beautifully with seafood and chicken.
Bouvet-Ladubay Excellence Brut Rosé ($16.99)
Made with 100% Cabernet Franc in the traditional Champagne method, this Loire Valley beauty is a lovely shade of salmon pink. Deliciously dry and earthy with elegant flavors of raspberry and red currant; sip this sparkling rosé as an apéritif or pair it with grilled fish, chicken, pork, or dessert with fresh berries.