Holiday Season Sparklers!

It’s time to pop the bubbly! The holiday season calls for some delicious holiday sparklers, and if you enjoy Champagne taste, but may be on a budget, have no fear. There are still a ton of sparkling wine options for you to choose from. From dry to sweet and everything in between, you are destined to find a sparkling wine on this list that you and your loved ones will surely enjoy!

Italy

Brachetto: Brachetto is a grape variety that produces a sweeter red wine, similar to Moscato.

Rosa Regale- This red sparkler has a delicate nose of rose petal and sweet strawberry with a playful palate of fresh raspberries. This is a fun one for the Moscato lovers, who want to branch out and try something different, but still want sweetness. $21.99

Roscato: This is a blush wine produced in the Moscato d’Asti style, with residual sugars giving it an off-dry finish.

Roscato Sparkling Sweet Red– This energetic sweet wine is made from a blend of red grapes. Slightly sweet, and a popular style of sparkling red wine from Northern, Italy, Roscato is a perfect gift for the sweeter sparkling wine lover on your list! It’s deep ruby in color, with a lively palate, and red fruit nose. Perfectly priced at $14.99 

Prosecco: Prosecco, produced from the Glera grape variety is extremely popular in the USA and England, and is offered in a range of styles from Extra Brut to Secco aka, extra dry-sweet.

Cinzano Prosecco- This is an aromatic, dry sparkling wine made from 100% Glera grapes specially selected from the best vineyards of the Colline Trevigiane region in Northern Italy. It’s a young sparkling wine with persistent bubbles and a round citrus flavor. $12.00

Cinzano Asti DOCG- This is the most renowned of all the Cinzano sparkling wines. It is produced using white Moscato grapes from the D.O.C.G. area of Asti, in the heart of Piedmont. It has a sweet and fruity flavor thats wonderful when mixed into cocktails and sipped on it’s own. $12.99

Sant’ Arturo Prosecco: This fun bubbly is from Lombardy, Italy and is well balanced and elegant with a pop of citrus and minerality. Perfect to begin the holiday season festivities with a price approachable quality wine that your guests will enjoy as much as you will! Make this into the perfect Christmas Poinsettia cocktail!  $14.99

Tommasi Filodora Prosecco: Glera is the traditional grape for Prosecco and this elegant wine is wonderful for those seeking something bubbly and fun for the holidays but with some finesse and citrus forward notes. This one makes for the perfect aperitif for any holiday celebration! $18.00

Adami Dei Casel Prosecco Superiore DOCG–  “Casel”, in the local Italian dialect, arethe small houses located on hillside sites. Casei is also the local nickname of the Adami family. Dei Casel is an Extra Dry Prosecco whose freshness, liveliness and aromatic profile make it perfect as an aperitif. This prosecco is honestly one of a kind and absolutely gorgeous, especially when paired with the 7 Fishes feast on Christmas Eve (in most Italian families). $21.99

Franciacorta: This is a sparkling wine from the Province of Brescia (Lombardy) with DOCG status produced from grapes grown within the boundaries of the territory of Franciacorta. 

Ferrari Brut- From Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, this straw yellow bubbly is absolutely beautiful, fresh, and has a clean lemon nose. This wine is made in Metodo Classico (Classic Method), and has a pleasant finish of ripe orchard fruit. $19.99

Spain

Cava: Cava is produced in the champenoise traditional method (Champagne style). The difference between Cava and Champagne however is that the grapes are different, and well… it’s not produced in Champagne, France, cava is produced in Pendès, Spain.  

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava- The leading producer of Spanish Sparkling Wine, this Cordon Negro Brut is the perfect NYE bottle to celebrate with. Take a gold or silver sharpie and draw something wonderful, write your 2017 intentions on it, and sip something delicious while counting down the new year! $10.99

Chic Barcelona Brut Rosé- This wine is a single-variety Cava made with Trepat grapes, and is quite lovely. A gorgeous label for a beautiful wine, which is why it makes an unbelievable gift for the price this holiday season! A nose of rose and berries, with a full ripe raspberry palate and persistent bubbles. Pair with bacon wrapped dates, baked brie, or spinach and artichoke dip! $10.99

Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad– The majestic, pewter-embellished bottle bears the crest of the Segura Viudas family, and houses the estate’s top cuvée. This wine is striking with citrus and lemon and brioche notes. Delicate on the palate with persistent bubbles and a nice, long finish. $25.00

Pere Ventura Tresor Brut– Produced in Penedès with the typical grape varieties: Xarel.lo, providing body and structure, Macabeo, bringing finesse and freshness, and Parellada, adding perfume and a pleasant character, this brut Cava is simply stunning. A beautiful checkerboard foiled neck, this wine is full of citrus, minerality, and finesse. Tresor is a firm, full brut cava with nicely balanced acidity. $14.99

Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Rosé- An exciting pink cava, the Tresor Brut Rosé is made the Trepat grape variety that expresses a distinctive aroma of wild red berries. Aged for 15 months, Tresor Brut Rosé retains the fresh, lively personality of the fruit. On the palate, its simply stunning as an aperitif or main course wine. It’s smooth, seductive, and perfect for holiday celebrations!

France

Marquis de la Tour Cuvée Spéciale Demi-Sec- This sparkling wine is from the Loire Valley, which is one of the largest sparkling wine producing regions other than Champagne, in France. Marquis de la Tour from Maison Ackerman, who has been identified with premium quality Loire Valley sparkling wines since 1811. This wine is pale lemon in color with striking citrus notes and a rounded palate full of stone fruit. 11% alcohol, and full of elegance, this wine is a steal for $11.99

Crémant: Sparkling wine not made in the Champagne region. This wine style can is made from Champagne grapes, and some even include Chenin Blanc. 

Côté Mas Blanc de Blanc-  Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, this Blanc de Blanc is absolutely elegant, beautiful and perfectly priced. Bright with a lot of citrus, mineral notes, and lemon. On the palate this wine has persistent bubbles and opens up with lingering orchard fruit on the finish. $15.99

Dopff & Irion Crémant d’ Alsace Brut Rosé Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes, this pink bubbly has tinges of orange, and on the nose, the bouquet is full of red berry fruit. On the palate, it is lively, round and elegant. It is a harmonious wine with pleasant, long-lasting aromas.$19.99

2011 Vignoble des 2 lunes Crémant d’Alsace: A sparkling wine from Alsace, France. This fun bubbly is made with the Auxerrios grape varietal and is complex yet traditional. This wine pairs great with seafood and cheeses, so break out this bubbly if you are having shrimp cocktail, oysters, or a cheeseboard. $22

Domaine Camille Braun Crémant d’ Alsace Brut NV: Made with Pinot Auxerrios and Pinot Blanc grapes, this beautiful bubbly has a fine mousse with bright citrus flavors, brioche, and crisp apple. Only 1,000-1,200 cases are produced of this wine/year so it certainly is a budget friendly but special gift to give when attending someone’s Thanksgiving Day feast. $22

 

Champagne: The “big daddy” of the sparkling wine world, and the most widely recognized style of bubbly. Produced as a sparkling wine from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France, following rules that demand a secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle. 

Laurent-Perrier Brut NV: A beautiful Champagne with fine bubbles and a lot of elegance. Very price friendly for excellent Champagne, with a fresh and delicate nose showing some complexity with hints of citrus and white fruit. Perfect for gift giving and celebrating these special holidays coming up such as Christmas and NYE! $49.99

Moët & Chandon Bursting Bubbles Limited Edition: In time for the holidays, Moët & Chandon introduces its most iconic champagne, Moët Imperial Brut, in a new, limited edition Bursting Bubbles bottle to add a festive pop to any end of year celebration. This wine is striking and beautiful and perfect as a stocking stuffer or NYE festive gift. If you’re having a party for the holidays, this is a table topper must have! $41.00

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé: 100% Pinot Noir from 12 Crus, made in a winery dedicated solely to its production. This is one of the most recognized rosé Champagne’s in the world, and your host or hostess will be very appreciative if you bring a bottle of this! Pair this with some delicious Christmas treats, or sip while “roasting chestnuts over an open fire”$99.99

Champagne Bulle De Reve- “Bulle de Reve” aka Dream Bubble. Inspired by the New York neighborhood (Irving Place) where founder, Blaine Ashley launched New York Champagne Week four years ago, “Bulle de Reve” is the ultimate anniversary blend made of 100% Pinot Noir grapes from the “Grande Montagne de Reims”. $59.00

Piper Heidsieck Cuvée Brut- Cuvée Brut is a classic, structured, full-bodied, and fruit forward Champagne. The blend is composed of many Pinots Noir’s of more than 100 crus from around the Champagne region. Also in the wine is Pinot Meunier grapes from the from the region. This Champagne is stunning and comes in a beautiful box, perfect for gift giving and stocking stuffing! $45.00

Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage- A great, not so classic, full bodied and structured Champagne. This wine has hints of red fruit and is made with Pinot Noir grapes and Pinot Meunier grapes from the same region as the brut. This beautiful rosé has notes of blackberry, black cherry, and black currants, with spicy notes of tea and licorice. $56.00

Taittinger Nocturne: This “sec” Champagne is composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. A blend of 30 Crus from several harvests this mellow and smooth Champagne is aged four years before disgorgement. Enjoy this after dinner or at your bubbly bar, the style is for every palate and you will not be disappointed. I love this wine with New Years as it’s super fun and the bottle is simply gorgeous. This is the perfect New Years Eve Champagne! $68.99

Germany

Sekt: Germany produces more than just great Riesling. Sekt is produced in the traditional or classic method, and is made using Riesling, Silvaner, Weissburgunder, Kerner, Elbling, Huxelrebe, Morio-Muskat, Gewürztraminer, and Spätburgunder grapes.

2011 Riesling Brut Sekt Dürkheimer Hochbenn Traditional bottle fermentation,
elegant, with a lot of character expressive of the region of this sparkling wine. On the palate this wine has tons of ripe flavors of apricot and grapefruit; From selected Riesling grapes of the Winery Fitz-Ritter. $13.00

USA

The USA produces many styles of sparkling wine, from dry to sweet. Grape variety’s may vary as well as states that produce this style of wine. The wines are usually made using the traditional or classic method. 

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs–  100% Pinot Noir from California. This bubbly is gorgeous with hand harvested grapes and has 24 hours of grape skin contact. Red berries, floral aromas and some vanilla hit your nose and linger on the palate of this elegant, and beautiful sparkling wine. This wine pairs beautifully with seafood and a holiday baked brie! $19.99

Paumanok Vineyards Blanc de Blanc- A NY Wine made from 100% Chardonnay. This wine was produced according to the methode traditionelle, and spent 3 years en tirage (aging in the bottle on the lees). The end result is a beautiful wine that’s delightfully refreshing, crisp, and dry. Only 100 cases were bottled, and this makes a beautiful gift! $45.00

Hard Row To Hoe, Good In Bed Bubbly For the naughty person on your list who enjoys a nice bubbly! This brioche forward, Washington State sparkling wine is full of Lake Chelan Valley characteristics and has a creamy texture with a ton of elegance and finesse. This wine is extra brut produced in the Methode Champenoise style, which is why it’s perfect for Champagne lovers. $56.00

Portugal

Casal Garcia Sparkling Espumante de Vihno Verde Branco– Ideal as an aperitif for the holidays, this wine is 11% abv, and absolutely gorgeous. Bring this out at a party and watch everyone’s eyes widen with curiosity! A Portugese Sparkling Wine is all you need this holiday season. The Casal Garcia is fun, lively and entertaining with some subtle honeysuckle and sweetness thats truly one of a kind. $12.00

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! PLEASE DRINK AND PAIR RESPONSIBLY!!

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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