Sparkling wines and champagne for New Year’s Eve is our topic in the CTV News clip above.
Here’s a list of the bubblies we discussed, including cava from Spain, cremant from France and sparkling wines from Canada and the US. Let me know which sparkling wine you’re opening for New Year’s Eve in the comments below.
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Girls Night Out Sparkling Wine Review
VQA, Lake Erie North Shore, Ontario
Clean, crisp and refreshing: this is a terrific sparkling wine for this price point. Stock up for your holiday parties and enjoy as an aperitif or companion to … full sparkling wine review and rating
Oyster Bay Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine Review
Marlborough, New Zealand
Toasty and vibrant with green apple. Zesty refreshment. The winery sources the grapes for this fine Chardonnay-based sparkler throughout New Zealand and they use the Charmat method to preserve its vibrant fruit freshness. Clink! Sparkling food pairings: grilled calamari, oysters, pan-seared scallops, squash soup, pork spare ribs … full sparkling wine review and rating
Jackson-Triggs Methode Cuvee Close Sparkling Wine Review
VQA, Niagara, Ontario, Canada
A terrific sparkling wine for this price point! Zesty, clean and crisp with notes of green apple and toast. Try it as an aperitif or with turkey dinner. Alcohol: 12.5% Sweetness: Extra Dry Drink: 2013‐2015 … full sparkling wine review and rating
Dopff Au Moulin Cuvée Julien Brut Crémant D’alsace Wine Review
A.C., Alsace, France
Crisp and refreshing with fresh green apple notes. Great price. Alcohol: 12% Sweetness: Extra Dry Drink: 2013‐2015 … full sparkling wine review and rating
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling Wine Review
D.O. Penedès, Spain
This crisp, refreshing sparkling wine is made from the local grapes Macabeo and Parellada. This bubbly almost leaps from the glass with aromas of baked bread, green apple and lees. Very dry and zesty. Great fizz for the New Year or with shellfish. Alcohol: 12% Sweetness: Extra Dry Drink: 2013‐2015 … full cava wine review and rating
Steller’s Jay Brut Sparkling Sumac Ridge 2008 Wine Review
V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Crisp, toasty and refreshing! This is one Canada’s best producer’s of sparkling wine, if not the best. Aromas of green apple, baked bread and happiness. Food pairings: rich seafood dishes, Pacific Salmon. Alcohol: 13% Sweetness: Dry Drink: 2013‐2016 … full sparkling wine review and rating
13th Street Winery Premier Cuvée Méthode Classique 2008 Wine Review
V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Toasty, classic nose that has the elegance of terrific champagne. Great price. Green apple on the palate. Fantastic! Alcohol: 12.5% Sweetness: Extra Dry Drink: 2012‐2015 … full sparkling wine review and rating
Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Review
Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California
One of my favourite California bubblies. Love it! Why don’t more people drink rose sparkling wine? I think there’s a perception that it’s sweet but this is bone-dry though there are lovely aromas of field raspberries on the nose. Supremely delicious and half the price of champagne. Raise a toast to this wine. Just a hint of dry strawberry on the finish … full sparkling wine review and rating
So tell us about some other sparkling wines, say those from Italy?
Italy produces several styles. One of the most popular, prosecco, is a dry, crisp wine, with a vibrantly floral and citrus character. About a third of proseccos are called frizzante; they have a lighter mousse than most, which are described as spumante, or fully sparkling. The second type of Italian sparkler, asti, has long been considered a syrupy concoction, but modern versions are much more balanced and refreshing.
How about Spain?
Spanish sparkling wine, or cava (meaning cellar), offers some of the best values. Cavas are made with the traditional champagne method, but using three white Spanish grapes: macabeo, parellada and xarel-lo.
Our sparkling wine is called just that as is American bubbly. It’s usually made from the same grapes used in Champagne – chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot Meunier – and using the same techniques such as doing a second fermentation in the bottle to trap the bubbles.
Anything we do differently?
One unique twist is sparkling icewine from producers such as Inniskillin and Magnotta. This tastes less sweet than icewine alone, but it still makes a wonderful dessert treat for shortbread, fruitcake and cobblers.
Many ships and yachts are launched by breaking a bottle of bubbly over the bow. Can you tell us the most famous one that wasn’t?
The Titanic was one of the few ships not to be christened with champagne.
How many bubbles are in a bottle of sparkling wine?
There are 250 million bubbles on average. Yes, a desperate doctoral candidate in France counted them.
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