Sparklers to Toast the Holidays!
What sparkling wine will you be serving this holiday season? Not a clue? Here are a few of our favorite bubbles to toast the holidays with your loved ones!
Henri Leblanc Blanc de Blancs Brut A French bubbly retailing at $7.99 for a short time?! A mouth full in more ways than one, and one of the best deals on our shelves. Bubbling over with crisp green apples and lemon zest, the LeBlanc displays an energy and effervescence to satisfy even your wine snobbish father-in-law and to see you through his company. Buy a case, share with friends, and pour with abandon! Le Contesse GB02 Prosecco Definitely la dolca vita in glass! Crisp, crunchy apples and citrus notes on the palate, with a finish whose persistence is a cut above most other Proseccos. Definitely gives french sparklers, even Champagne, a run for their money. Absurd value. Taittinger Cuvee Prestige Taittinger owns and enjoys a broad collection of vineyards from which to source their fruit - largely Chardonnay, which comprises 37% of their vineyard holdings, as opposed to 27% on average owned by other comparable proprietors. Though more expensive to employ than either Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay ensures and encourages freshness, energy and elegance - the Taittinger hallmark! Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve The limestone cellars of Pol Roger are especially cold - at 9.5°C (49°F), the cellars are 0.5-1.5 degrees colder than most other cellars in Champagne. A small difference, to be sure. Yet this difference ensures not only a slower second fermentation - yielding especially fine bubbles, but also a slower maturation - yielding wines of greater finesse and longevity: all hallmarks of Champagnes from Pol Roger. Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut Comprised of fruit sourced from only from choice plots, fruit fermented largely in oak casks, yet matured in bottles whose broad base and slim neck encourage a more gentle evolution in bottle - the Special Cuvee somehow strikes that elusive balance between energetic freshness and mature poise. A classic hat remains as relevant as ever! Dom Perignon Bjork & Cunningham The very first commercially prestige cuvee - though equalled, none have surpassed it. Its fruit is sourced from eight plots (each residing in one of eight Grand Cru vineyards), as well as from one Premier Cru plot in Hautvillers, home village of the abbey of Dom Perignon. The fruit ferments and undergoes transformation in stainless steel tanks, ensuring not only freshness upon release but also a transparency of flavors that few other tete de cuvees can display. Even enjoys a label designed by Icelandic artist Bjork. Big time sensuality in a glass! Krug Grande Cuvee Sharing Set To Krug enthusiasts, this multi-vintage Grand Cuvee is primus inter pares. As opposed to most other houses (where the the vintage cuvee enjoys first preference), at Krug the Grand Cuvee is given preference over any vintage that may or may not be produced on any given year. Eric Lebel, Krugs winemaker, can draw from over 4000 barriques for the Grand Cuvee, permitting a depth and complexity almost unrivalled in all of Champagne. Includes two Champagne flutes, designed by Riedel specifically with Krug champagne in mind. Check out our Wine Hotline for more gift ideas, new products, events and more!