Sparkling Wine and the Holidays!
Holiday’s, entertaining and “Bubbly” are a natural go together. Sparkling wines are essential to holiday events, from the office party to family gatherings to the countdown on New Year’s Eve. A sparkling wine is any wine, from anywhere in the world, that has bubbles in it. Sparklers are divided into two broad groups: 1. Made by the traditional Champagne method (méthode Champenoise) have bubbles that aren't created; they occur naturally over time inside each bottle through aging. 2. Wines that have gotten bubbles by being carbonated (injected with CO2).
Only wine from the Champagne region of France may be called Champagne. The French take this very seriously and have spent countless hours and funds in international courts to protect their product. The result of their vigilance is an easy to read label. If it says Champagne, it is from Champagne. If it says méthode champenoise, méthode traditionelle or classic method it is from elsewhere but is made in the style of Champagne.
There are other sparkling wines that are made throughout the world that are terrific. Proseccos come from Italy. Dry and lively, they are often made from indigenous grapes and represent great values. Italy also makes the Moscato D'Asti, known throughout the world as a light, slightly sweet and effervescent wine. The term Cava denotes a Spanish sparkling wine. These wines are inexpensive, dry and can often compare in quality to other sparkling wines at twice the price. California has seen a resurgence in the last few years from its bubbly wine market. Several traditional Champagne houses have set up shop in the Anderson and Sonoma valleys.
Dryness levels go from bone dry to sweet. Extra Brut - is "extra" dry. Brut – dry (most popular style and very food-friendly). Extra dry – middle of the road, has some sweetness to it. Demi-sec – pretty sweet (pair with fruit and dessert)
Whatever your plans are for this holiday season there is a sparkling wine out there for you. Vino Mas has a variety of Bubbly's to choose from, so you can best fit the fizz to the occasion. Below are some of the Sparkling wines that we carry:
Taittenger Brut La Francaise - Champagne, France Price: $49.95 WC Price: $44.95
Jean Philippe Balnquette De Limoux – Limoux, France Price: $15.95 WC Price: $14.35
Val’doca Prosecco – Veneto, Italy Price: $18.85 WC Price: $16.97
Snowman Prosecco – Treviso, Italy Price: $17.95 WC Price: $16.15
Secret Cava Brut – Calatayud, Spain Price: $22.95 WC Price: $20.65
Wilson Creek Almond California Champagne – Temucula, CA Price: 14.95 WC Price: $13.45