A bottle of bubbly is a necessity for any holiday event, whether it be a big party blowout or an intimate dinner. Here is your guide for the perfect sparkler for any event.
– Usually when you’re holding a big party, you’re thinking budget, best bang-for-your-buck. Cava
is one of the best choices, as it is dry, crisp, made in the same method as Champagne, and often under $10. Cristalino
, Segura Viudas
and Paul Cheneau
are good producers to go to. Prosecco
can also be a good bet, though prices are not as low as they once were. Zardetto
and Nino Franco
are some of the good ones, though there are others out there. For something a little different, you could also try Korbel
. I know, I know, the name can make wine aficionados cringe – makes you think of cheap, poorly-made California wine that has the audacity to still put “Champagne” on the label. But Korbel actually makes their sparkling wine using the traditional method, and recently tasting a few, these wines are not bad, particularly for their price. Want to get a taste of bubbles? Try our Holiday Bubbly Celebration
– it's a trio of a Cava, a Prosecco and a California Sparkling wine. Perfect to sample each & a great gift for a host.
Daytime gathering or Sunday brunch
– For this kind of event, I always go with Prosecco. Something about the fresh fruitiness of Prosecco is perfect for daytime occasions, particularly when you’re looking to do some fun sparkling mixers, like Mimosas or Bellinis. As I said above, Zardetto and Nino Franco are great producers, but there are great Proseccos at many price ranges.
– Sparkling wine is a must for any good dinner party, opening the way for celebration. A great pick for dinner parties is a good non-vintage Champagne
. There are plenty of great Champagne bottles that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, like Piper Heidsieck
. Both are under $40 and consistently delicious. If you wanted to splurge a bit more, Perrier Jouet
(a favorite) are great choices to wow your guests. A bit lower on the scale, opt for some great California sparkling wine – Roederer Estate
is always a best bet, as is Iron Horse
. Or try a US wine outside of California. Argyle
from Oregon or Gruet
from New Mexico are super yummy.
– So it’s you and your partner or you and close family. This time during the holidays is the time to break out the good stuff. My favorite Champagne house? Krug
. The Grand Cuvee
is a fantastic non-vintage and if you REALLY want to splurge, head for one of their vintage bottles. Yummy stuff. Two others highly recommended: Deutz Cuvee William Brut 1998
or any bottle by Egly-Ouriet
, a grower-Champagne worth a try.