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I’m not one of these people that needs a celebratory reason to break out a bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne. I’ll pop the cork simply because sparkling wines pair well with a lot of dishes, they are refreshing and there are plenty of high quality sparkling wines out there these days to choose from. In short, Sparkling wines are a lot more than just a “celebration drink.”
However the season of celebration is now upon us… and I can guarantee that there will be more that one occasion in my house over the next two weeks when “the bubbly” makes an appearance. For anyone who is interested and is looking for good sparkling wine for the season but doesn’t have the “Dom Pérignon budget,” here are a few suggestions:
Ahhh Prosecco, Italy’s most popular sparkling wine.. the “Champagne lifestyle on a ginger ale budget” sparkling wine.. Always a safe choice, Prosecco is extremely popular, affordable and can be used as a cocktail base or consumed on its own. The ITA Prosecco was poured at this year’s Wine Show and was an Top 10 selling wine. Luckily there is still some available and at $18.98/bottle, it won’t break the bank. A dryer styled sparkling wine, its a safe play.. you can’t go wrong.
If you are looking for something a little sweeter that isn’t frothing with bubbles but has just a nice polite effervescence, then you need to try Blanc Limé. Made in Bordeaux from Sauvignon Blanc grapes with a little residual sugar for some extra sweetness, this wine is a crowd pleaser. $18.98 and fun in a bottle. Don’t believe me? Just watch this video: https://vimeo.com/75784900
Very popular on the restaurant scene in St. John’s, this wine is made in the same way as “official” Champagne in Canada’s Niagara wine growing region. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the blend, this is as real as it gets without purchasing actual Champagne. Priced well at $35/bottle and 8 bonus Air Miles if you buy in December!
Here it is, the real deal.. actual Champagne. Personally, I love this Champagne because it appeals to a wide range of audiences. It has a richness to it and good acidity.. however, because it is “Demi – Sec” it has a little hint of sweetness, making it appealing to serious wine consumers as well as those that are just enjoying a holiday toast. At $50/bottle is actually one of the best priced Champagnes in the market as well. Hands down my choice for Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. I sincerely appreciate your support over this past year. Until 2016!
Greg Winter, (WSET Certified, WSET Diploma Candidate, ASA Certified, CSW Certified)
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