Over the coming weeks, we’ve all got two things to think about: buying gifts for those on our list and planning the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration.
Since we’ll only ever get one chance to ring in 2020, it’s got to be good. We’re not saying you need to book out a private dining hall to treat your nearest and dearest to some holiday wining and dining (unless that’s your jam).
Instead, you can opt for something equally as classy and considerably less expensive by hosting at your place. All it takes is one visit to a BC Liquor Store to find sparkling wines for the occasion. There’s something to suit every budget and taste preference. You might even find a sample or two in-store so you can try before you buy.
On that note, here’s a look at our top sparkling wines this season.
A classic Italian Prosecco, Lamarca is sure to be a hit among your friends. Upon the first sip, taste the citrus, honey, and floral notes, with a creamy mousse of grapefruit. Since it’s an off-dry libation, it tastes amazing alone or mixed with Aperol in a spritz. Serve it with pesto pasta for a NYE party that’s fondly remembered for years to come.
Another Italian favourite, Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore has a distinct aroma that will remind you of peaches and flowers. Hints of pineapples and apples make their way into the flavour profile, resulting in the perfect wine to serve as an aperitif. Seafood and cheese on the side, please.
Citrus and tropical fruits with light floral notes — this is basically everything we could dream of in a Spanish Cava, without having to fly to Europe to taste the goodness. When it comes to acidity, think citrus vibes with a hint of lime, pineapple, and a persistent mousse on the palate.
Cleanse and refresh the palate in-between courses this NYE with a glass (or two) of Villa Conchi Brut Seleccion Cava. It’s exceptionally fresh and fruity with flavours of apple, citrus, and hints of toast. In short, the effervescent bubbles of this option are divine.
A traditional method bubbly, this sparkling brut pairs white peach and ripe orchard fruit together with some racy lemon edged acidity that finishes on a toasted nut note. We can’t think of anything better for the biggest night of the season (and potentially, the year).
Made from organic grapes, Summerhill Cipes Brut is a great option to have on the table, and in the glass, for a New Year’s toast. Prepare your palate for flavours of green apple, pear, biscuit, and lime rind. This brut also spends time in the Pyramid to age (fancy enough for you?).
Bonus: If you want to get bougie
Did someone say champagne? Of course, they did. While these two aren’t quite under $30, we’re talking about NYE! Veuve Clicquot treats you to a crisp, light, and citrus flavour before notes of buttered toast develop mid-palate (no joke). This breakfast-inspired experience lasts through a peach and poached pear finish. Pro tip: serve alongside hors d’oeuvres and oysters.
Okay, so we know this one is pricey, but… it’s a classic that’s pretty much perfect for ringing in the new year in style. You could even split the cost of a bottle of Dom Perignon with your friends. There’s a reason why this champagne gets a shoutout with notes of crisp green apple, mango, pineapple, and white peach. Not forgetting about the hints of creamy, buttered toast we so dearly appreciate.
Looking to up your NYE game? Find holiday food and cocktail recipes in TASTE magazine at bcliquorstores.com.
Please enjoy responsibly.