I drink sparkling wine year-round, but there is something about the effervescence of bubbles that make the holiday season more festive and fun. When it comes to toasting a happy and healthy New Year, bubbles are a must! There is nothing more festive than the pop of a cork on a bottle of bubbly.
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 a wonderful spectrum of sparkling wines from around the globe, including France, Spain, Germany, Italy, USA, Chile, Argentina, and even from down under in Tasmania. 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, this list of sparkling wines is all you need for a bubbly and festive holiday season.
Bruno Paillard Champagne Rosé Premiere Cuvée $70.00
A hymn to the bright delicacy of Pinot Noir, the Premiere Cuvee Rosé is named on account of its composition of only the first pressing. The pink copper color with a hint of raspberry when young evolves to salmon while aging. The initial aromas of redcurrant and red fruits evolve to morello cherry, wild strawberry and violet while breathing in the glass. The palate reveals red fruit captured at their full freshness. The finish is bright and long. A very special Champagne for celebrations and gift-giving.
Henri Champliau Brut Authentique Cremant de Bourgogne Brut $28.00
Henri Champliau is a family-owned sparkling wine producer in Mercurey, located in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise region of Burgundy. The company was founded by Alexandre Graffard in 2016, who named the winery after his grandfather, who held a deep admiration for the terroir and craftsmanship of Burgundy. The aroma and flavor of Brut Authentique is driven by Pinot Noir, which brings strength and complexity to the cuvée, while Chardonnay provides freshness and precision. Fifteen months of aging sur lies contribute richness and texture to this high-quality example of Crémant de Bourgogne.
Domaine Bousquet Brut Rosé $14.00
The delightful bubbly comes from the Domaine’s vineyards in Tupungato, Alto Gualtallary. By the foothills of the Andes at 4000 ft. altitude, the vineyards enjoy a marked thermal amplitude. There is a rich salmon color with delicate bubbles in the glass. There are fresh red fruit aromas with citric notes. On the palate, the wine is fresh with medium acidity and a fruity finish. A sparkling wine that is elegant, crisp and easy to drink.
Cote Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut $15.00
From southern France, innovation and a passion for the Languedoc are what drives Jean-Claude Mas. An intense and refined nose of honey, acacia and crystallized lemon lead way to a harmonious palate of citrus fruits and balanced acidity. An excellent aperitif that pairs well with all styles of cuisine.
Valdo Cuvee 1926 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG $20.00
Valdo is the oldest winery of Prosecco in Valdobbiadene, founded in 1926. Ripe apple, pear, peach along with tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple are accented by floral notes. A well-balanced, pleasant, and harmonious palate with a medium body and a long, persistent finish.
Nino Franco Faìve Rosè Brut $30.00
“Faìve”, from the Venetian dialect meaning “sparks.” When farmers burn the wood from pruning, the direction the sparks fly is said to forecast the result of the harvest. This Faìve wine is made using a bleeding wine from Merlot and Cabernet Franc, making the wine very special and different. Rose petal-like pink in color, this wine offers aromas of small red fruits, as well as mineral and floral notes. On the palate, it is pleasurably fresh with soft tannins and persistent bubbles. A delightful bubbly from the famous Prosecco house, Nino Franco.
Fitz Riesling Extra Trocken Sekt $22
Fitz is a very special German sparkling wine. This Sekt is crisp and dry while bursting with the fruitiness of ripe Riesling. Combines the bread dough and honey notes of bottle fermentation with floral, red berry and spice flavors. It is incredibly well-balanced and harmonious.
Domaine Chandon étoile Brut California $55.00
The étoile Brut showcases the ultimate effervescent expression of Chandon. Featuring the best lots of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier, followed by extended aging, this opulent cuvée is distinctive for its tiny bubbles and elegant layers of aromas.
Jansz Premium Rosé Tasmania $30
The Jansz Premium Rosé is sourced from selected vineyard sites across Tasmania representing the best of the region. The cool climate allows for an elegant wine with powerful fruit flavors and high natural acidity. The wine is predominantly Pinot Noir and shows delicious flavors of strawberries and cream and rose petals. This is the wine you want to start your evening off with!
Mionetto Prosecco Rose DOC Millesimato 2019 – $17.00
This Extra Dry Millesimato Prosecco is obtained through the soft pressing of the Glera and Pinot Nero grapes which have been left in contact with the skins to macerate for several days to give this Rosé its pale pink hue. Well-balanced acidity with refreshing notes of red berries and grapefruit with elegant fine bubbles. Prosecco Rosé is finally here and sure to be a hit at any holiday celebration.
Los Dos Brut Rose Cava $13.00
Los Dos, which means “the two” or “both” in Spanish, celebrates the intricate steps in the dance of winemaking, from the vine and soil to the winemaker who carefully hand harvests the grapes to produce this classic Cava from family vineyards in the renowned D.O. Penedés. This Brut Rosé displays brisk acidity with a touch of floral notes on the nose and ripe red berry flavors on the palate. Impress your guests with this delicious bubbly!
Loimer Brut Rosé Reserve NV – $35.00
Located near the village of Langenlois in the Kamptal region of Austria, the Loimer estate is a model of modern efficiency. Fred Loimer began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. The Brut Rosé Reserve shows the red-fruit aromas of Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, and Sankt Laurent, with notes of fresh strawberries and cherries. Intended for immediate enjoyment and an excellent pairing with meatier dark fish, such as seared Ahi tuna.
Dr. Konstantin Frank 2016 Blanc de Noir Finger Lakes $40.00
Since 1985 Dr. Konstantin Frank’s méthode champenoise wines receive the utmost care from hand harvesting to a minimum of four years of aging in bottle their historic underground cellar. They were the first Finger Lakes producer to make a méthode champenoise sparkling wine with vinifera grapes. Delicate aromas of freshly baked bread, Asian pear, green apple, white flowers, and fresh strawberry. Leading with a fine mousse, the mouthfeel is fruity and profound with mineral notes, creaminess, strawberry, and pineapple. Long crisp apple finish.
Barone Pizzini Franciacorta Rose Edizione 2014 $50.00
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.
Mujer Andina Ai! Brut Sparkling Wine Chile $35.00
Ai! is a Brut sparkling wine made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes sourced from the Bío Bío Valley and made following the Charmat method. Ai! invites you to submerge in its bubbles of twinkling flavors and intense aromas. Ai! faithfully reflects the passion and joy they want to arouse in those who drink it! It is very fresh and with remarkable but well-balanced acidity. It feels creamy on the palate, with a long, balanced ending.
Pierre Tailleur de Vins 2016 Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature $21
This sparkling wine is 90% Mauzac and 10% Chenin Blanc. With less than 3 grams of sugar per liter, this Blanquette de Limoux Brut Nature is succulent and aromatic. Fill your guests’ glasses with this sparkling wine as soon as they enter the home, it will immediately put them in a festive mood. The perfect start to any holiday dinner celebration.
Ferrari Rosé Trentodoc $23.00
Mastering the art of Italian living is not difficult. Simply pop open a bottle of Ferrari, Italy’s most iconic sparkling wine, and you will find luxury, glamour, and undeniable quality in every sip. Ferrari Brut Rose is salmon pink in color with a bouquet that is distinct and very refined, with the fresh fragrance of Hawthorne flowers, red currants and wild strawberries. The taste is dry, clean and elegant, with a delicate finish of sweet almonds. A sparkling wine of pronounced finesse.