Nothing gets the party started like sparkling wine! Of course, Champagne reigns supreme but there are many other delicious sparkling wines that will add an elegant touch to your holiday celebrations at a fraction of the price. Pop the cork on one of these four delicious bubblies from France and Italy!
Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux NV Brut St. Hilaire ($15.99)
If you can't holiday in the South of France, this fantastic sparkling wine from the Languedoc will add a dash of ooh la la to your festivities. Frothy with fine bubbles, it has refreshing flavors of lemon sorbet balanced by crisp minerality. Great texture and a lingering finish. A blend of Chardonnay (60%), Chenin Blanc (20%), Pinot Noir (10%), and Mauzac (10%).
Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé NV Brut St. Hilaire ($15.99)
Your eyes will delight in the gorgeous pink hue of this sparkling rosé from the Languedoc in the south of France. Expressive flavors of watermelon, tangerine, pink grapefruit, blood orange, and a touch of herbs. A sure-fired way to get the party started! A blend of Chardonnay (70%), Chenin Blanc (20%), and Pinot Noir (10%).
Cinzano Prosecco DOC ($11.99)
Crisp and dry with a hint of creaminess and touches of green apple and melon. Lively and refreshing expression of the Glera grape. A fantastic apéritif or as a base for one of my favorite cocktails - the Aperol Spritz (3 parts Cinzano Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash of soda).
Cinzano Asti DOCG ($11.99)
A touch of sweetness is always a crowd-pleaser during the holidays. 100% Moscato, this fizzy wine has pretty flavors of juicy peach, honey, and candied orange peel. A lovely apéritif or pair with chocolate covered strawberries and fruit based desserts.