Champagne and Sparkling Wine for the Holiday Season

Delicious Champagne or sparkling wine is essential for every Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebration.  Whether you are sipping it as an aperitif, pairing it with shellfish, or serving it throughout the meal, sparkling wine will enhance any holiday party.  Here are three picks that are not only delicious, but also very affordable!

Cheers to the holiday season!
Cheers to the holiday season!

J. Lassalle “Cachet d’Or” Premier Cru Brut

J. Lassalle “Cachet d’Or” Premier Cru Brut is one of my favorite Champagnes for under $50.  The blend of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier is aged for 36 months on the lees before disgorgement.  With its incredible texture and minerality, it is a fantastic wine with shellfish or on its own.  My personal pick to bring cheer to any holiday celebration! ($38)

Domaine Brazilier Méthode Trad Brut

NV Domaine Brazilier Méthode Trad Brut is a really fun choice for under $20.  This blend of 50% Chenin Blanc and 50% Pineau d’Aunis from the Loire draws you in with aromas of fresh-baked bread and baked apples.  The palate offers tastes of apples and nutmeg along with vibrant acidity.  A definite crowd pleaser! ($14)

Le Marchesine Franciacorta DOCG Brut

My last pick is a sparkling wine from a lesser know region in Italy called Franciacorta.  The region offers some nice wines that generally come in lower in price than Champagne.  Le Marchesine Franciacorta DOCG Brut is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Nero fermented with native yeasts and aged in stainless steel.  The palate shows notes of golden delicious apples, almonds, anise, and brioche with fine bubbles and a salty finish.  A fantastic sparkling wine from a region most of your guests haven’t sipped from yet!  ($27)

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