There are times when only the best will do and that’s the time for special pricey champagnes. Other times, when entertaining large groups of people or mixing bubbly drinks, less expensive sparkling wines are a better choice. It is in that spirit that I present to you sparkling wines under $30 for the holidays…
…Best Sparkling For Sipping…
Perfectly lovely bubbly to have on hand for last-minute guests or a hostess gift.
Blend of 68% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir. Soft and balanced with apple, pear and citrus flavors. $20 – $25 range.
Gloria Ferrer has been my “house sparkling wine” forever. I can always count on her to be a bubbly delight. 91% Pinot Noir, 9% Chardonnay. Pear and green apple notes. $23 range.
Gloria will be the perfect choice to create these lovely sparkling cocktails featured in Food and Wine Magazine: http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/sparkling-wine-cocktails#4 The Marasca Fizz sounds especially delicious and festive. This Champagne cocktail is served with pitted sweet cherries soaked in an anise-infused syrup.
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A delightful sparkling wine from Oregon…Argyle 2014 Vintage Brut. Delightful sparkling brut produced in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunier. Notes of ripe pear, fig and roast hazelnut. Balanced with a long finish. $29 range.
60% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier. Notes of apple, toast, peach and crisp citrus flavors. $20 range.
WillmCrémantd’Alsace Blanc de Noirs Brut. Cremant d’Alsace is the appellation for the sparkling wines of the Alsace wine region of north-eastern France. The methodetraditionelle is used to make this bubbly. 100% pinot noir grapes. Nice and light (for a pinot noir) but has a good taste structure, apple and citrus notes. $20 price range.
Aimery Crémant Brut Rosé!
‘Crémant’ sparkling wines are made using the same method as Champagne. Ribbons of bubbles and sparkling notes of berries just like your favorite champagne, without breaking the bank. Delicate, fresh with a long, mouth-filling finish. The color of this sparkling blushes just slightly and tiny bubbles consistently rise to the top of glass. Available locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar: http://mrbillswinecellar.com/
This bubbly makes a lovely holiday hostess gift. $17 range.
NEW ZEALAND SPARKLING WINE!
McBride Sisters Brut Rosé
Notes of raspberry and toast with a creamy finish. $25 range.
Jansz Tasmania is a pioneer of deluxe sparkling wine in Australia. Jansz is made by the méthode champenoise. Jansz Rosé ~ pale salmon in color, with a fine bead, this wine has a rich floral bouquet of strawberries with a soft and creamy palate. Available locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar: http://mrbillswinecellar.com $26 range.
Best Bubbly for Mimosas, Punches and Cocktails
When the occasion calls for “massive amounts of mimosas” ~ when every friend and relative converge on your house for holiday frivolity ~ a less expensive but reliable bubbly is the answer. Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava. $10 range.
This bubbly Cava is produced by the same winery that gives us Gloria Ferrer, one of my favorite sparkling wines: https://www.gloriaferrer.com/carneros-winery
The perfect casual sparkling sipper…from Catalonia, Spain. 100% Chardonnay grapes. A bubbly value…$10 range. Lots of fun bubbles. Notes of baked apple with just a touch of lemon. Available on-line. I also found this Cava locally at Tinnell’s in Roanoke, Virginia. http://tinnells.com
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