So Much to Celebrate
The holiday season is around the corner and so are lots of reasons to have ample bubbly on hand. But you don’t want to tire out your palate (or your wallet) on one Champagne. With so many expressions of sparkling wines and occasions to toast, pair, and share, you’ll need a diverse list of offers to sip way into the new year and beyond.
Our staff is here to help with a list of their favorite sparkling wines for holiday times.
Pol Roger, Brut $41.97
Through 160 years of fads and fashions, the quality and house style of Pol Roger has remained consistent and excellent. I am reminded of a quote by Pol Roger’s most famous client, Sir Winston Churchill: “My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best.” – Erik Guzinski, Wine & Spirits Consultant
While winemaker Eric Thill is a newcomer in the region, he’s off to an amazing start. This sparkler is made without added sulphur and spends 36 months aging in bottle. Don’t miss out! – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer
I never ceased to be amazed by the endless depth and quality of Michel Loriot Champagne. There’s a chewy savoriness to this bubbly, which puts it squarely in the realm of a food wine, as baked apple, meyer lemons, toast, and even a bit of umami make their way on to your palate. – Erik Guzinski, Wine & Spirits Consultant
A wickedly dry bottle of bubbles from one of my favorite women-in-wine, Portugal’s Filipa Pato. Energetic yet focused, with notes of clementines and wild strawberries laid over a bed of Champagne-styled minerality. – Jon Miner, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Guidobono, Segretevigne $32.96
Nebbiolo—a grape noted for brooding notes of tar and rose, with structure to keep the wine intact for 40 years or more—has a playful side. And here it is! The juice sees no skin contact so this is a white wine, full of notes of fresh red fruits and flowers. You can buy three bottles of this for the price of a Barolo! – Bambi Ray, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Want the real thing? Are you worried you can’t afford something unique for a special or romantic occasion? Here is a beautiful, rich, crisp, real-deal Champers from a grower-producer made with care and love to raise your romance game! – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Made solera-style with vintages ranging from 1983-2013 and disgorged in 2016, this wine is beguiling on the tongue. At once delicate and rustic, this is a Champagne for those searching for something totally unique. – Gwen Connors, Wine & Spirits Consultant
This is a tannic, sparkling red wine made from the Teran grape from Slovenia. For those who enjoy dry styles of Lambrusco and are looking to try something new, this is right up your alley. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer
Montinore “Vivacé” Sparkling $21.96
Vivacé means in a brisk or spirited manner in Italian—and that sums up this vibrant sparkling wine perfectly. We love the wines from Montinore Estate in Oregon and are thrilled with their newest release of this sparkling cuvee. It’s a great wine to toast with or to give as a gift. – Laura Atbashian, Wine Buyer