It’s the most amazing, magical time of year. Hopefully soon, the snow will start falling to the ground and bring along with it that fresh, crisp smell that comes with the first snow of December. I don’t know about you, but I have extremely high hopes for a white Christmas. I hear that with the proper snow dance rituals that commonly include walking backwards to bed, sleeping with silverware underneath of your pillow and tossing ice cubes out of your windows, we can quite possible encourage Old Man Winter to give us the perfectly picturesque, frosted holiday season we all hope for – well the one that I am hoping for.
On the other hand, there is something I am very much looking forward to, and that is New Year’s Eve. Full of tough decisions like which party to attend, what sort of sequined covered outfit you plan on wearing or even to just stay at home. But no matter what party you end up at or what you end up wearing, something still remains the number one question: “What bottle should be popped?”
Dry sparkling wine that comes only from the region of Champagne and is made in the traditional method where the bubbles are formed inside of the bottle by a secondary fermentation. If you want, or can afford to shell out some money for the good stuff, by all means head to the LCBO and pick up your favorite bottle straight from Champagne and enjoy it.
A dry sparkling wine from Spain made in the same Traditional Method that Champagne is made in but from indigenous Spanish grape varietals and it is extremely affordable.
Another dry sparkling wine that is again made in the same traditional method of making Champagne, however, this wine comes from anywhere in France that isn’t Champagne, and again is slightly more affordable.
A fun bubbly that is made from an Italian grape called Glera. Instead of getting its bubbles in the bottle it develops its bubbles in a sealed and pressurized tank fermentation.
NIAGARA SPARKLING WINE
There are plenty of sparkling wines being made right here in our region and one of my favorites is the 2011 Barrel Aged, Blanc de Blanc from KEW Vineyards. Blanc de Blanc literally means that the only grape variety used in this wine is Chardonnay which is why it has so much beauty, complexity and depth. It is brioche and nutty, smelling like almond cookies on the nose. It is fresh and bold with citrus fruits like lemon on the palate and it’s beautifully balanced with a gorgeously long finish coming from the barrel aging. It is $29.95 a bottle and the 2.5 years that it took KEW vineyards to create this outstanding sparkling wine is worth every penny.
Whether you take my recommendation and head directly over to KEW Vineyards in Beamsville right now or you are more that content sticking with your go-to $9.95 Brights President Dry Sparkling all that matters is that you are counting down to the New Year drinking what you like with the people you like and are celebrating an amazing night. [S]