Champagne and sparkling wine the wine is excellent any time of the year (really), but there is nothing like the holiday season to get out the sparkling.
Raising a drink and raising a toast to friends, family and the future is the ultimate expression of hope. And, champagne and sparkling wines are incredibly user-friendly, pairing beautifully with the dishes we love this time of year. Their acidity and effervescence make them perfect partners for charcuterie boards, shellfish, rich desserts and more.
There’s a lot to choose from, so we checked with a few popular wine shops for recommendations on what to enjoy this year.
At the Matherne market in the city center
Matherne Town Center General Manager Bill Hounshell reminds us that champagne is only an option in the world of bubbles. Try French sparkling wines from regions other than Champagne, or sparkling wines from other countries.
Monmousseau Brut Etoile ($ 11): This is a French sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. Dry with good minerality, try it with heavier appetizers like baked brie topped with fruit.
Paringa Sparkling Shiraz 2019 ($ 17): Lively and refreshing, this Australian sparkling wine pairs well with dark chocolate.
JCB n ° 21 Crémant de Bourgogne ($ 20): Try this non-vintage sparkling wine from Burgundy with fresh greens mixed with a tangy dressing or your favorite Gulf seafood.
Chez Martin Wines & Spirits
The new Martin Moss Side Lane location offers plenty of opulent champagne and sparkling wine options, including those recommended by manager Melissa Palfrey.
Angels and Cowboys Brut ($ 24): Produced in northern California, this delicious brut is made with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Creamy and elegant with hints of golden apple, citrus blossom and toasted brioche, it’s a perfect crowd pleaser.
Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut ($ 45): Mainly Chardonnay, this champagne is defined by its purity and freshness, with notes of peach, citrus and delicate flowers. It is a good alternative to Veuve Clicquot.
Bollinger Special Cuvée ($ 66): This champagne is a beautiful blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier grapes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. With notes of pear, brioche, nuts and delicate spices, this is a great gift or party show.
Calandro’s Mid City’s fine wine section is generously stocked with champagne and sparkling wines year-round. At this time of year, additional options abound in a price range. Here are a few to try.
Francesca Mara Prosecco ($ 15): From the Veneto region of Italy, this prosecco is a steal. Light, with soft bubbles, it will go very well with vegetarian dishes or a cold meats board.
Sparkling Ultraviolet Rosé ($ 21): With notes of white flowers and citrus zest, this California sparkling rose pairs well with sushi, spicy crayfish dishes and Thai curry.
Roederer Estate Brut ($ 27): Bright and medium-bodied, this California dry sparkling wine is crafted from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes and features complex notes of fruit and hazelnuts. Serve with oven-baked oysters with your favorite garnish or on the half-shell.