It’s time to break out the bubbly! This is the time everyone dusts off their champagne flutes & coupes and pops open a cork or two to celebrate the season.While sparkling wine should certainly be a staple at any holiday party, I would encourage you to keep the corks popping all year long and discover some amazing pairings that will leave you wondering why you didn’t always have a bottle of bubbly on hand.
One of my favorite things about sparkling wine is how versatile it is with a wide range of foods which makes it the ultimate wine to have on hand for your next gathering.
I love to add a little bit of class to bar food. Everything from wings to chips to charcuterie has a perfect sparkling pairing. I love the way a great glass of bubbles acts like a squeeqee and cleanses the palate in between bites. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures.
Here you will find a few tips and a shopping guide to help take the mystery out of selecting that perfect bottle for your next celebration.
- Extra Dry
great Demi-Sec pairing, grab a baguette, slice it about 1/4 inch thick, add gorgonzola, prosciutto and fig spread and voila you have an instant crowd pleaser!
- Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut, Loire Valley, France – $12
- Montelliana Prosecco, DOC, Veneto, Italy – $12
- Gruet Demi-Sec, Albuquerque, New Mexico – $16
- Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rose, Alsace, France – $18
- Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy – $20 (Perfect w/chocolate)
- Segura Viudas Cava, Brut Reserva Heredad, Spain – $20
- Thibaut-Jannison, Blanc de Chardonnay, Charlottesville, Virginia – $20
- Trump Blanc de Blanc, Monticello, Virginia – $25
- J Brut Rose, Sonoma, California – $32
- Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, Napa, California – $38
- Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut, Champagne, France – $38
- Nicolas Feuillatte Brut, Champagne, France
- Schramsberg Brut Rose, Napa, California – $42
- Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial $48
- Bollinger Brut, Special Cuvee, Champagne, France – $60
- 2004 Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé Champagne, France – $60
- Veuve Clicquot “Ponsardin” Brut Rose $65
- Pommery Brut, NV, Champagne, France – $70
- 1998, Veuve Cliquot, Le Grand Dame -$130
- Dom Perignon, NV, Champagne, France – $135
- 2005, Roederer Cristal, Champagne, France – $200