There is nothing quite like the delightful pop of opening a fresh bottle of sparkling wine. The cunning marketers of Champagne have worked tirelessly for hundreds of years with one goal in mind: Champagne is for celebrating. New job? Pull out some bubbles. Just had a baby? Grab yourself a flute. Time to celebrate the New Year? Buy one of these incredible bottles of sparkling wine and have one awesome send off to 2017.
One stir of the StiQit in any champagne or sparkling wine flute will instantly remove all sulfites from your delicious glass of bubbles.
Roederer Estate – L’Ermitage 2011 Brut
Anderson Valley’s Roederer Estate is a pantheon of spritz in California’s Mendocino County. Cool morning fogs and coastal breezes help keep grapes fresh and acid-driven, perfect for sparkling wine. This blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay utilizes the traditional method (Methode Champenoise) to develop the finest mousse. A five-year secondary fermentation allows the yeast ample time to break down, lending L’Ermitage a creamy mouthfeel. This bubbly has notes of fresh Granny Smith apple pie, lightly toasted bread, Bosc pear, and hazelnut. At roughly 1/4 the price of their Champagne counterpart, Cristal, enjoy some of the best bubbles the Louis Roederer family of wines has to offer. Truly one of the greatest California Cuvee to celebrate the New Year! Find it here. Photo courtesy of TheWineConsultant.
Sorelle Bronca – Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV Extra Dry
With opulent floral character and a very easy price point, a couple bottles of Sorelle Bronca’s Prosecco is perfect for watching the ball drop this year. Valdobbiadene in northeast Italy is the ideal region for growing crisp, refreshing Glera (the grape used to make Prosecco). Unlike the French, sparkling houses in Veneto make their bubbles with the Charmat Method. The Charmat Method involves a secondary fermentation in a large, airtight tank which reduces contact of the wine with the yeast compared to the Methode Champenoise. This results in cleaner wines that are a bit more steely and floral, with less of that leesy, bready character. Perfect with shrimp skewers and soft cheeses this extra dry example is incredibly easy drinking with Wisteria and Honeysuckle aplenty, particularly on the nose. The palate displays sharp, clean character with driving grapefruit, lemon zest and the lightest touch of honey. Find it here. Photo courtesy of K&L Wine Merchants.
Segura Viudas – Gran Cuvée Reserva NV Brut
With 15 months on the lees, the Gran Cuvée Reserva by Segura Viudas is showing beautifully. Macabeo and Paralleda, two native Spanish varietals, are blended and bottled before the second fermentation begins. A modest autolytic profile is backed up by driving green apple, graphite, and white florals. The finish displays delightful notes of citrus with lemon and lime giving a very clean mouthfeel. This Gran Cuvée Reserva is the perfect appetizer wine, try it with spinach and artichoke dip, chicken quesadillas, and grilled prawns. Find it here. Photo courtesy of Freixenetusatrade.
Social – Sparkling Sake
The perfect choice for those who are counting calories, four delicious flavors of this spritzy sake promise an option for everybody at the party. Elderflower Apple, the most recent addition, is incredibly refreshing and pairs quite well with apple and pork skewers. Hibiscus Cucumber drinks like a stimulating day at the spa while Grapefruit Ginger is perfect to escape the cold; One sip and you will be on a tropical island getaway. Toasted Coconut Almond is a little bit more rounded, delightful with New Year’s desserts like coffee cake and sticky rice cake. Find it here.
J Vineyards and Winery – Rosé NV Brut
Brimming with ripe grapefruit, watermelon candy, and subtle rose hip, J Vineyards’ Brut Rosé is a wonderfully effervescent way to toast 2018. A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and the little known Pinot Meunier keep this bubbly lively and fresh. The texture from the Pinot added during dosage gives range in terms of pairing options. A little NYE BBQ will go a long way with J’s Brut Rosé. Find it here. Photo courtesy of J Vineyards and Winery.
Pierre Péters – Blanc de Blancs Cuvée de Réserve NV Brut
One of the greatest expressions of grower-Champagne available in the States, this 100% Chardonnay features lively florals, driving acidity, and a mineral finish that is the true hallmark of Champagne. Incredibly refreshing, this is a great bottle to impress the in-laws and wine aficionado friends alike. Pull out this Blanc de Blancs for the best New Year’s Eve yet! Find it here. Photo courtesy of Vindulge
Whether it is a massive NYE extravaganza or a low-key gathering of friends and family, bubbly is a truly delightful way to celebrate the reigning in of the year. As you grab someone for that midnight kiss, raise a glass of one of these fantastic sparkling wines.Cheers to the New Year and great things to come in 2018!