December 25, 2011
Wines with bubbles — some are dry, some are sweet, and all are guaranteed to lift your spirits. These offerings are the ideal way to start a meal, pairing wonderfully with appetizers while refreshing your palate.
Zardetto Prosecco, Prosecco DOC (Italy): We love Proseccos because theyare intensely fruity, with aromas and flavors of apples, pears and citrus. They are more delicate on the palate than some other sparkling wines and are just as fun! And you can enjoy them more often because they are so affordable. This one is currently our best deal! 750ml. $9.99, Save $8
Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wines (California): Gloria Ferrer is owned by the famous Spanish sparkling wine producer Cordoniu. They are one of our favorite California producers, and this is the best price we have had in years. We offer the Pinot Noir-based Blanc de Noir and the Chardonnay-based Blanc de Blancs. 750 ml. $14.99, Save $9
Piper Heidsieck Brut NV (France): We must offer a deal on genuine Champagne for the holidays, and this year we are going with a classic. This wine shows a fresh, medium-bodied style, with notes of apple, peach, ruby grapefruit, vanilla and toast. Refined texture and vibrant structure keep this wine focused. 91 points, Wine Spectator. 750ml. $29.99, Save $12
Toad Hollow Risque (France): Made in a process known as Methode Ancestrale, resulting in a lightly sparkling medium-sweet wine. It involves bottling young wines before all the residual sugar has been fermented into alcohol, so fermentation continues in the bottle. This wine is designed to be sweeter and less fizzy than a Champagne-method sparkling wine, and no dosage is allowed. 750 ml. $10.99, Save $2
Stella Rosa Moscato Rosé (Italy): If you like something a little sweeter, this is a beautiful sparkling Moscato from Italy. The Moscato varietal is one of the hottest on the market for several reasons. These wines are soft on the palate, aromatic and, especially in the bubbly form, extremely refreshing. 750 ml. $16.99, Save $2
Cristalino Cava Brut and Rosé (Spain): Made in the traditional method of fermenting in the bottle. I do not know how they can use this method of production and still offer these amazing low prices! 750 ml. $6.99, Save 2