Sparkling wines are synonymous with New Year’s Eve celebrations. I go wine tasting at least twice each year and have come across a fair amount of sparkling wines, but only a few land on my list of repeats. Instead of coming up with a recipe for New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite bubblies.
Macaron Prosecco (BevMo, $10) I first tried this wine at a great little bubbly shop called SIGH in downtown Sonoma. I tried it as part of a flight of Proseccos, which are Italian sparkling wines — my favorite. I like Proseccos because they’re clean, unlike Cavas, a Spanish wine which tends to carry a more mineral-flavored taste. I took this one home because it was crisp and clean.
Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs (BevMo, $13.99) I first found this in Costco’s wine section, wrapped in pink cellophane. I tend to enjoy Coppola’s wines, so I wanted to try this one. I was pleasantly surprised. Not to be confused with the Sofia Riesling, this wine is downright delicious.
Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs (BevMo, $18.99) My aunt and uncle brought this wine to our Christmas Eve celebration this year, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a lighter wine with consistent flavor from beginning to end. It’s a drinkable wine with a finish that isn’t harsh, like some sparkling wines tend to be.
Domaine Ste. Michelle, Michelle Extra Dry ($13) Though I’m not really a fan of Chardonnay, this extra dry sparkling wine is a nice, fruity, effervescent wine. It’s 63 percent chardonnay, 19 percent pinot noir and 18 percent pinot gris. It’s not as light of a wine as the previous three I’ve listed, but it’s sweet like fresh apples.
V. Sattui Moscato (formerly Moscato Frizzante, winery only, $27) I visit V. Sattui at least twice each year. It’s a great winery to visit in St. Helena because it has something for everyone — reds, whites, dessert wines, and a couple wines unique to the winery. This Moscato is the sweetest and heaviest wine on this list, but I love that it has a bit of effervescence. For those of you looking for more of a dessert wine, you can’t go wrong with this one.
Cheers to you and a happy and healthy 2014.