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Sparkling Style

Sparkling Style
March 2011
Fashion any night into a celebration with these versatile bubbles

La Marca D.O.C. Prosecco NV (Veneto, Italy), $14: This light, refreshingly crisp wine is made from 100 percent prosecco grapes and has bright bubbles that excite the palate. Flavors of grapefruit, honey, green apple, and white flowers yield an easy, smooth sip. It’s versatile enough to be paired with a wide range of fare, including seafood, tomato-based dishes, mild cheeses, and desserts.

Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne NV (Reims, France), $43: Authentic Champagne such as this must be produced in northern France’s famous wine region. A blend of mostly chardonnay with pinot noir and pinot meunier varietals gives fresh, fruity notes, while traditional winemaking methods impart a classic nutty, yeasty taste. Try pairing this wine with dishes featuring mushrooms.

Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rosé Corail NV  (Saumur, France), $22:
A unique twist on traditional sparkling wine varietals, this cabernet franc packs a pink punch. The wine is made in the classic méthode Champenoise and has raspberry, strawberry, and violet notes. With its intense pink color and strong acidity, these bubbles are a great aperitif but also pair well with any dessert.

Taltarni Brut Rosé Tache NV  (Australia), $23: All three classic Champagne varietals—pinot noir, pinot meunier, and chardonnay—are blended in this brut wine, with a dash of red wine liqueur added to create a pink hue. Flavors of rose petal, peach, and apricot plus a creamy wheat finish make this Taltarni fun and flirty. Offset its dry nature with some rich, sweet chocolate for a decadent treat.

Pol Clement Brut Blanc de Blanc NV  (Mousseux, France), $13: These bubbles come from 100 percent chardonnay grapes, hence the name—Blanc de Blanc. Bold lemon and ripe apple flavors are highlighted by a traditional bready quality that gives a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Pour a flute-full and enjoy with hors d’oeuvres or lobster.