Best Bubbly for the Holidays
Whether you’re looking to add a splash of bubbles to a Mimosa at a holiday brunch or looking for the perfect bottle to make your New Year’s Eve a little bubblier, the Co-op’s Wine Aisle has no shortage of delightful sparklers, and CV The Co-op’s Wine Guy has no shortage of ideas to help you celebrate. Last week, we featured a not-too-sweet Rosé and a Prosecco born for the Bellini. This week, we’ve got a superbly balanced Prosecco along with a creamy French sparkler from one of the most well-respected bubbles producers in all of Bordeaux.
Tiamo Prosecco NV
Varietal: 100% Glara
Region: Veneto, Italy
Finding an organic sparkling wine can be tough to do, but the Tiamo Prosecco is a luminous organic sparkling wine that plays up its Italian good cheer, making it a no-brainer for dinner or Mimosa-themed brunches this time of year. It’s crisp with fruity suggestions of apples and pears, an easy-to-drink bubbler that pairs well with lighter cuisine like fish, shellfish, and soft cheeses.
We also highly recommend the Tiamo Prosecco as a holiday aperitif.
Jean-Baptiste Audy Cremant de Bordeaux Brut
Producer: Jean-Louis Ballarin
Varietal: 70% Semillon, 30% Muscadelle
Region: Bordeaux, France
Hailing from one of the biggest and most reputable bubbles producers in Bordeaux, the Jean-Baptiste Audy Crémant de Bordeaux gets high marks in the great-French-taste-without-the-Champagne-price category. Made in the methode champenoise, the bubbles are fine with a persisting froth and long finish. It has lush, almost tropical white flower aromas, and the Muscadelle lends itself to hints of lime, all intertwined with notes of brioche.