30 - New Years Eve Sparkling Wine Other Than Champagne
New Year’s Eve is prime drinking for sparkling wine but since the holidays just passed you might need to be ringing in the New Year on a budget. Lucky for you there are plenty of options out there other than Champagne when you want your wine to sparkle.
South Africa has been producing Méthode Cap Classique wine since the 1970's. This being their version of the traditional Champagne method of producing sparkling wine. These wines will typically contain the Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and on occasion Pinot Munier. Graham Beck's Brut Rosé uses Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to produce a soft, lively and surprisingly complex bubbly for only $15.
In Spain, only wines produced in the traditional champenoise style may be labeled as Cava. All others must be labeled as 'Vinos Espumosos', meaning sparkling wine. Although heavily influenced by France, Spain's version of bubbly is produced using the indigenous grapes of Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel·lo. Producers Segura Viudas are widely available and often voted best value as this bottle comes in at $8.99
Because only sparkling wine produced in Champagne, France may be labeled as Champagne, wine produced outside of Champagne will be labeled 'Cremant'. (Pronounced Cray-mawn) There are 7 AOC's in France that can produce Cremant wine with Jura producing excellent selection for Champagne quality without the price. Domaine Tissot's 'Blanc de Blanc' (meaning 100% Chardonnay) underwent 52 months of aging in bottle producing a stunningly complex and fruity wine. Found for $35 at Madison, WI Square Wine CO., this is a producer that can rival some of the best of Champagne.