Vino: Good Sparkling Wine Values
Most of us will drink more Champagne and sparkling wine between now and New Year’s then the rest of the year combined. When you think about it, the effervescent nature of sparkling wine is a social butterfly, one that delightfully mingles with holiday parties.
Champagne, sparkling wine coming only from the Champagne region in France, can be expensive. The land of Champagne is spectacular for creating beautiful sparkling wines, but it has a tempermental climate prone to frost. Another cost factor is the labor intensive Methode Champenoise style of making Champagne, while it greatly increases the flavors and complexity of the wine; it also greatly raises the price. While delicious, the less intensive wines of Cava, Prosecco and Spumante will never achieve the same complexities found in a truly great bottle of Champagne.
With this in mind here are a few readily available, delicious values to take to your next holiday party: Boyer Brut Blanc de Blancs, $9.95 (Sherry-Lehmann (679 Madison btwn 60th & 61st St.), made entirely from Chardonnay grapes, crisp, dry and a surprising value.