Raise your glass if you agree that 2017 was a doozy. Perhaps not as utterly shocking as 2016, but a doozy all the same. The fond memories (the eclipse!), the memories we’d love to forget (Hurricane Irma), the downright embarrassing (Moonlight, not La La Land, won the Academy Award for Best Picture) and the toast worthy memories (Congrats, Harry and Meghan!) will be reminisced for years to come.
But before you clink your glasses in cheers of the memories, a quick rundown of the three main sparklers to be sipped during these last nights of 2017 is in order.
Simply put, Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain. Cava is a staple in Catalonia with cold or hot tapas, yet it’s so versatile that it will complement a wide array of grilled delicacies too. Think of anything you would pair a glass Champagne or Prosecco with and it’s a fair bet Cava will be a match too.
The sparkling wine of Italy, Prosecco is made in two varieties: spumante (lots of bubbles) or frizzante (less sparkling). It has a fresh and citrusy flavor profile that makes it perfect as an apéritif. Prosecco is also perfectly suited to serve as the base in your brunch mimosa or sparkling cocktail.
Champagne remains unique in the world of bubbles for its geographical position, climate and soil, and retains the title of the world’s most popular celebratory wine, synonymous with luxury, the good life and festivities. The magic of the bubbles combined with its unique flavors made Champagne the wine of kings in the past. Champagne is still the king of wines – it works for any occasion, makes a very elegant drink at the bar, is great served as an apéritif and makes some of the best food pairings.
We’ve chosen a selection of sparkling wines we think are the yummiest bubbles money can buy. Whether you choose Cava, Prosecco, rosé or Champagne, these sparklers are perfect for a midnight kiss and a fresh start to the New Year.