When it comes to celebrating the holidays, nothing says fa-la-la-la quite like a sparkling wine. Here are five to get festive with this year. —Noa Nichol
Made true-to-style using Method Traditional techniques, Liquidity’s Reserve Sparkling Brut has lovely aromas of browned butter shortbread, Meyer lemon and Jazz apple. The palate is bursting with bright fresh acidity, balanced with notes of crème brulee and honeysuckle.
When you’ve got big celebrating (or holiday relaxing) to do, this is the wine for you. Road 13’s Traditional Method Sparkling Chenin Blanc brings just the right amount of refresh and relax. Grapes for this sparkler were hand-picked at optimal acidity and ripeness, then gently whole-cluster pressed to capture the fruit’s delicate aromas and flavours.
Each one of Mission Hill Family Estate’s vineyards has a distinct microclimate, lending unique flavour characteristics to the Pinot Noir used in this Exhilarat!on Brut Rosé. A summer bouquet of raspberries, peach and freshly cut watermelon, the effervescence and bright acidity develop in to an uplifting and crisp finish.
Freixenet’s light, very modern Spanish Córdon Negro Cava is created from a special blend of three traditional, indigenous Penedes white-grape varieties. Find fine, delicate aromas combining tones of green apple and pear, with light resonances of Mediterranean fruits (peach, melon and pineapple) over a base of citrus.
Fruitiness, freshness and complexity are the three principal defining characteristics of Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, but the prime feature is its elegant and persistent mousse. The aromas are of white fruits, citrus and tropical fruits, and light floral notes. The palate is exquisite, complex and full of flavour, with good acidity and notes of lime and pineapple.