5 Sparkling Wines For the Holidays

SnowflakeThe Holiday season is coming up whether it is Christmas or Hanukkah, or another celebration.  A celebratory drink for many of us is sparkling wine, which can come from different countries, at different price points; but all are enjoyable!  Prosecco, Champagne, Cava, Cremant and more are terms you may hear relating to different sparkling wines.  I recently had a chance to try some of the latest vintages of sparkling wines coming into the Vancouver market, and thought I’d share my top 5 with you so you can enjoy some bubble with confidence, with family and friends.  There are of course others, so please enjoy the sparkling wines you already know, but maybe I can introduce you to some new ones.

My Top 5 Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

Champagne Bauchet Signature and Seduction Brut and Gancia Rose Brut

Champagne Bauchet Signature and Seduction Brut and Gancia Rose Brut

  1. Champagne Bauchet Seduction Brut, NV, France ($55.99) – How can you pass up Champagne called “Seduction”?   This one is a rose.  It has a light bready ose.  Dry, light body, with red fruit flavours like strawberries, followed by Delicious and McIntosh apples.  Light bodied with very fine bubbles.  Rating: 4.5 Stars
  2. Laurent-Perrier Rose, NV, France – This bubble is made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes from Grand Cru vineyards.  Light toast and red fruit aromas.  Medium body, dry with a creamy bubble.  Red fruits and sour red cherry flavours.  Rating: 4.5 Stars
  3. Monte del Fra Scianco Spumante Brut Custoza, Italy (~$24) – Nice ripe candied pear aroma, which continues to the palate.  Medium body with small bubble, soft mouth feel.  Very tasty at a nice price. Rating: 4.5 Stars
  4. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, NV, France ($64.99) – Light strawberry nose.  Light body, round mouth feel, with creamy medium sized bubbles.  Red cherries and red fruit on the palate.  Rating: 4.5 Stars
  5. Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2002, Italy ($82.12+tax) – Toast and apple on the nose.  Dry with very high acidity.  Small bubbles. You first get apples on the palate followed by toastiness.  A complex, quality Prosecco. Rating: 4.5 Stars
Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2002 and Monte del Fra Scianco Spumante Brut Custoza

Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2002 and Monte del Fra Scianco Spumante Brut Custoza

Bonus Recommended Wine

I know I said top 5 wines, but this one I just had to fit into the discussion.  It is from the Gancia winery from Italy, which made the first ever Prosecco.

  • Gancia Rose Brut, NV, Italy – Fun, candied cherry aroma in the glass, with more on the palate.  In addition you get some candied apple flavour.  Off-dry with small bubble and medium acidity. What is nice about this wine is being a rose, you get some drying tannins on the finish.  How often have you seen a Rose Prosecco?  This is a first for me. Rating: 4 Stars
Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.