Sparkle on

Sparkling wines are a year-round option for even the most casual entertaining.

We’re hearing something we really like – sparkling wines are not just for special occasions.

For too long, it seems you’d only pop a bit of bubbly when marking something monumental.

Our contacts in the beverage industry share that the production of sparkling wine is on the rise around the world – and more and more people are enjoying them along with the most casual of brunches to yes, even the weeknight Chinese takeout.

Here are a few of the options brought to our attention, with descriptions provided by the brands:

  • Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve, with 40 percent Pinot Noir, 40 percent Chardonnay and 20 percent Pinot Meunier – Deep golden hue, showered with long-lasting bubbles. Aromas of freshly baked brioche and the richness of roasted coffee beans linger while the palate offers a touch of praline and notes of amber and vanilla. The Brut Réserve is blended with 40 percent reserve wines from the Charles Heidsieck cellar, which are an average of 10 years old, adding further depth and complexity. Suggested retail price — $65.
  • Viansa Blanc de Noir, with 70 percent Pinot Noir, 30 percent Chardonnay – Shimmering with notes of strawberry, citrus and freshly baked brioche that evolve in to flavors of cherry, pear and an earthy minerality. The finish – crisp, clean and polished with bright acidity. The pairing possibilities are endless with this sparkling, from seafood, fine cheeses and cream-based dishes to potato chips, sweets treats, and Asian food. Suggested retail price — $32.
  • Anna de Codorniu Brut Rose, with 70 percent Pinot Noir, 30 percent Chardonnay – Delicate cherry color with strawberry tones. Fine and persistent bubbles. Aromas of red fruit, strawberries, cherries and woodland fruits with hints of green apple. Elegant and light on the palate. Well-balanced between acidity and sweetness with a refreshing finish. Suggested retail price — $15.”


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– Mary Shustack

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