Have a Ball with Bubbly
Celebrating? We are! Let WG elevate this year’s holiday party: fizz from around the world kicks off an extra sparkly New Year. Perfect pairings: Bubbly ups almost anything so feel free to be creative: hors d’oeuvres, seafood, cheese and charcuterie platters, even fondue or tamales. Pro tip: Consider swapping your proper champagne flutes for regular wine glasses to maximize the aromatics.
Cava from Penedés, Spain ($9+)
These earthy bubblies are traditionally made from the Xarello, Macabéo and Parellada varietals. Some now are made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Prosecco from Northern Italy ($6+)
Light, frothy and often just slightly sweet.
Champagne from France ($35+)
You can choose a non-vintage (usually a mix of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier) or a more expensive bottle from one special vintage. Champagne is bone-dry, has fine bubbles and often smells of brioche due to its aging process.
California sparkling wine ($25+)
Made with the same grapes in the same style as Champagne. Bright acidity, ripe fruit flavors – a California version of the French classic in every way.
Cap Classic from South Africa ($18+)
South Africa’s version, made in the same style as Champagne but from a variety of grapes including Pinotage, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and/or Shiraz, although many are made from classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.
Sparkling Shiraz from Australia ($16+)
Throw everyone for a loop: made from Shiraz (Syrah to many in in the US), it is deep magenta in color and full of raspberry and blackberry flavors.
Moscato d’Asti or Asti Spumante from Piedmont, Italy ($9+)
This grapey, orange-blossom flavored, slightly sweet bubbly is a brunch favorite, but also lovely with dessert.
Riesling Sekt from Germany ($13+)
This bubbly is made exclusively from the Riesling grape and reflects its origins with floral, fruity flavors.
For extra points: add in a Blanc de Noir (exclusively from Pinot Noir) or Blanc de Blanc (exclusively from Chardonnay).