While sparkling wine is my drink of choice all year round, there’s no doubt that the holidays are the pinnacle time to enjoy some bubbly. From family dinners to social gatherings, there is so much to celebrate during the holiday season. These sparkling wines are a perfect gift for a host or hostess or for toasting on New Year’s Eve. As a bonus, these wines certainly do not sacrifice quality for their affordable price.
Perhaps most ready for your holiday celebrations is this vintage Champagne from Cuperly Champagne. Crafted from grapes from the Reims region, this wine is classified as Grand Cru according to Champagne’s appellation system. This wine hits all the Champenoise notes, offering complexities of green apple, vanilla, brioche, and sea salt.
This wine might not be able to use the official “Champagne” label given its geographical location, but it does hail from one of the world’s most distinguished wine regions. Domaine Perraud produced its first vintage in 2005 with a Mâcon Chardonnay. Today, Perraud has 75 planted acres dedicated to Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pinot Noir, and Gamay. This is a crisp wine with fresh minerality and a splash of citrus. There’s a lingering fruitiness and softness from the balanced dosage.
For something a little more fun, but no less serious is this elegant rosé sparkler from Duckhorn’s sister winery, Goldeneye in Anderson Valley. Produced from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a versatile option that pairs nicely with a host of holiday menus. With flavors of tangerine, apple, and baguette, Goldeneye’s Brut Rosé was certainly a crowd pleaser at my Thanksgiving table this year and I’m excited to pop the cork on another bottle to ring in the New Year.
If you’re looking for something new this holiday season, make sure to put this red sparkling wine from Napa’s Frank Family Vineyards on your radar. Beautiful ruby in color, this lovely sparkler hits all the notes, starting with an inviting fragrance of cranberry, rose petals, bread dough, and a hint of baking spice. On the creamy palate, fresh acidity complements juicy strawberry, hazelnut, and ginger while a silky mousse of bubbles lends finesse. This wine finishes dry and clean, leaving you wanting another sip.
If you consider sparkling wine your thing, then you need to discover this sparkling house from Long Island. Sparkling Pointe specializes in sustainable, méthode champenoise sparkling wines and their Blanc de Blancs is one of their signature offerings. This brut-style wine is zesty and bright with hints of lemon, green apple, and sugar cookie.
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