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Around World in 80 Sparkling Sips

Dec 7, 2011
Around World in 80 Sparkling Sips
Celebrate at home this year with something sparkling

holiday_bubblyThis holiday season, we’re recommending an Around the World in 80 Sparkling Sips tasting as a welcome addition to any holiday party or dinner. Contrary to popular belief, you can sip sparkling wine all night; it pairs well with almost everything. Here’s how to add sparkle to your season:

Start with Something All-American
A glass of California sparkling wine is a patriotic and festive way to start celebrating any holiday gathering.

Daily Sip Picks:
• GLORIA FERRER Brut NV (Sonoma County) $17
This is a super approachable sparkling wine, with ripe apple, pear and honeydew flavors, a touch of yeastiness, and aromas of croissants or brioche. It offers super value for the quality. Find it here.

• J VINEYARDS Brut Cuvée 20 NV (California)$23
With notes of Meyer lemon and pink grapefruit, its fine bubbles and zestiness will awaken your palate without overwhelming it, helping get you ready for a night of celebrating and tasting. Find it here.

Appetizer Time, Go Aussie!
If you're looking for a sparkling wine to pair perfectly with cheese and hors d'oeuvres, you want one with vibrant acidity. We have been loving some sparklers from our Australia days that fit the bill.

Daily Sip Picks:
• TALTARNI Brut Taché NV (Australia)$20
Taltarni is a team Daily Sip favorite. Salmon-pink colored, with flavors of wild strawberries and floral notes make this an easy-drinking, approachable, yet affordable sparkling wine. Find it here.

GREG NORMAN Sparkling NV (Australia)$17
• The famed golfer does it again. This bubbly offers a fruit salad of flavors (apricot, mango, passionfruit, but is well-balanced with bright acidity, making it a terrific wine to pair with a wide range of appetizers. Find it here.

As the Evening Progresses, Head to France

As your night rolls along, why not go classic and stylish with something French? Some of the best deals in sparkling wine occur by heading out of the region of Champagne to Burgundy – where the sparkling wines are still made from chardonnay and pinot noir (as in Champagne), but are a fraction of the price.

Daily Sip Pick:
• LOUIS BOUILLOT Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV(France)$14
This wine is lush, round, slightly creamy, and very easy on the wallet--a combination we think is dreamy. Find it here

Skip Dessert, Sip Something Italian

Daily Sip Pick:
• ROSA REGALE Brachetto d'Aqui NV (Italy) $20
The Rosa Regale is a crowd pleaser. A beautiful cranberry color, it's a refreshingly sweet sparkling wine--think raspberries in cream. As such, it's the perfect dessert substitute. Find it here.

This holiday season, will you likely start or end your party with a little sparkle? Share your party plans with us below!

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