Sustain your Sparkle!!Jan 15, 2020 12:27AM ● By Leslie McCarroll
Sparkling wine is synonymous with seasonal celebrations; a must when toasting the New Year and divine to share with that special someone on Valentine’s Day. However, essential a celebration is not when choosing to fill your glass with “bubbly,” as it is also one of the most versatile wines for food pairing.
Don’t believe me? Simply try a potato chip and Prosecco pairing and see for yourself. In fact, sparkling wine pairs perfectly with a wide variety of foods due to its modest flavor and vibrant acidity. Sparkling wines are produced in many areas around the world, most notably, and arguably most deliciously, from the Champagne region in France. However, true Champagne is quite costly. So, if your savings account is tapped out from spoiling your sweetie this holiday season, here are some spend thrifty suggestions to assist in sustaining your sparkle:
Prosecco is easily approachable when venturing into sparkling wine. It is fresh, slightly fruity, and won’t break the bank, making it ideal for parties. Made from the Glera grape, grown in northeast Italy, Prosecco is lighter in style and typically includes a touch of residual sugar to round out its flavor and minimize bitterness.
California and Oregon produce a myriad of sparkling wines in various methods and styles ranging from fresh and fruity to complex and toasty. This vast variety will verily lead to palate pleasing and financially friendly discoveries with the feel-good flair that comes along with shopping local and supporting our neighboring wine producers.
Cava is produced in Spain using the Champagne method. Its styles and cost are determined by age; the elder being Gran Reserva. This is a vintage dated wine requiring a minimum of 30 months on the lees (residual yeast cells lingering in the bottle after fermentation) and produces notes of toast, butter, brioche, and even caramel. While pricier than younger Cava, Gran Reserva can rival vintage Champagne at a fraction of the cost.
A fun way to explore sparklers is to host a party having guests bring different representations and see which are preferred. Sample various snacks and experience the versatility offered by sparkling wine in food pairing. If all else fails, and these wines just don’t spark your interest, keep them chilled ‘til morning and top with fresh squeezed orange juice – because we never met a mimosa that wasn’t a sparkling wine-win!