There’s no better time to celebrate than New Year’s Eve — and after a doozy of a year, we’re especially looking forward to hoisting our glasses and kissing 2020 goodbye.
As we usher in the new and (fingers crossed) improved year, the only thing left to decide is what to fill our coupes with. While champagne, a French favourite, remains the king of sparkling wines, it has loads of effervescent equals that are just as delicious.
Delicious bubblies are produced around the world — from Italian prosecco to Spanish cava, and crémant from other areas of France. To help narrow your options, we’ve put together a lively list of bubbles worthy of having around when the clock strikes midnight.
For every palate, budget, and festivity, there’s a perfect bottle waiting to be popped.
Take your tastebuds on a trip to Chile with this infusion of sparkling wine and Patagonian strawberries. It’s an easy sipper that’s just as easy on the wallet, without missing out on the tangy acidity and foamy bubbles that make bubbly such a treat.
This ultra-affordable bottle of sweet sparkling wine exudes floral scents of rose petal and wisteria in tandem with peach, apricot, honey, and candied ginger flavours. All in all, it’s a crowd-pleaser that makes for easy sipping.
Prosecco from Italy has surged in popularity in recent years due to its fresh, fruity, and floral character (the affordable price point doesn’t hurt, either). A top-seller year after year, this organic bottle offers notes of yellow apple, pear, peach, honey, and blossom with frothy bubbles that linger on the palate.
In the event that you’re after a completely different kind of sparkling wine, this delightful frizzante (a more lightly carbonated option) might be what you’re after. It’s a sparkling red that serves up tangy flavours of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and cherries — with a hint of spice.
If you’re looking for a sparkling wine with a local flair, this is your guy. An organic bubbly made in the Okanagan, it’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s flagship sparkling. The crisp and tangy cuvée (the french word for blend) of riesling, chardonnay, and pinot blanc emanates flavours of lemon and lime.
Another fizzy favourite, cava hails from Spain and offers creamy mousse of citrus and stone fruit, with a touch of freshly baked bread. It looks as elegant as it tastes and is a great bottle for gifting (to yourself or someone else).
Crémant, champagne’s understated younger sibling, makes for a great sparkling wine — and for a fraction of the price. This bubbly has a mineral texture with notes of lemon, apple, cream, and toast. Made using the same traditional method as champagne, it’s fresh, frothy, and worth cheers-ing to.
Brut Premier is a beautiful example of what you can get out of a non-vintage champagne. It’s a balanced, complex wine with a delicate mousse and long finish. It’s on the higher end, but worth the splurge.
It’s impossible to go wrong with a bottle of Veuve — there’s just something about this silky sparkling wine that ignites instant excitement in us. This vibrant rosé champagne is juicy and oozing with notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry, grapefruit zest, and peony. It’s easily the most pricey bottle on the list, but hey, this night only comes once a year.
For all of 2020’s shortcomings, there remains an infinite number of bubbles for ringing in a more hopeful, optimistic 2021. To stock up on bubbly before the ball drops, you can head to your local BC Liquor Store.
Check out BCLiquorStores.com to find locations, participate in virtual events, or read the latest issue of TASTE magazine. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with the latest releases.
And, as always, please remember drinks are best enjoyed when enjoyed responsibly.