With 2013 on the horizon, it’s time to start making plans for New Year’s Eve—if you haven’t already done so! Ring in the New Year with a great Champagne or Sparkling Wine from Straub’s. Here are some of our favorites:
Spectacular Sparkling Wines
Domaine Saint Vincent Brut Sparkling
Using the méthode champenoise, this entry-level sparkling wine is surprisingly close to the real deal. Displaying a fine mousse—the mark of well-made wine—and bright fruit notes, Domaine Saint-Vincent is balanced by a subtle, nutty & yeasty note. On sale December 24-31, $10.99, 750 mL.
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Its fresh, toasty nose; beautiful citrus; green apple and mineral flavors; supple, lively mouth-feel; and clean, crisp finish make it the ultimate celebratory wine. Enjoy it on its own or with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes. On sale through December 31, $8.99, 750 mL.
Saint Hilaire Brut (Blanquette de Limoux)
France’s oldest sparkling wine was developed more than a century before champagne by the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire in the Southern foothills of Limoux. Fresh, Lively, Crisp and Dry. Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate says it’s “similar to top quality non-vintage champagne at one third the price.” $13.99, 750 mL.
La Marca Prosecco
Awarded a 90 point rating from Wine Spectator! A delicate, well balanced Prosecco showing a good blend of baked apple, sour lemon & grapefruit, with a light creamy mineral texture on the palate. $15.79, 750 mL.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut
Awarded an 87 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine! Often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly,” Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s most popular cava. It is crisp, clean and well balanced with a medium body and a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors. This sparkling wine ends with a smooth, moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. $13.49, 750 mL.
The Real Deal from Champagne, France
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
Awarded a 92 point rating from Wine Spectator! The high proportion of priceless reserve wines used to create this cuvée ensures the continuity of this prized champagne from Veuve Clicquot. Tightly knit, focused by racy acidity and a streak of minerality, this offers subtle notes of white peach, anise, biscuit and kumquat. The refined finish echoes a smoky note. $61.99, 750 mL.
Don’t Forget the Kids!
Martinelli Sparkling Juices
Great for bubbly drinkers of all ages and those who wish to celebrate responsibly! Corked and foil wrapped in traditional bottles, Martinelli Sparkling Juices have all of the flavor and fun of champagne without the alcohol. $4.59, 25.4 oz. (On sale 2/$6 December 24-31, plus get one 25.4 oz. bottle FREE December 28-31 when you like us on Facebook!)
Wild Hibiscus Flowers
See our blog on sophisticated drink decorations and easy hors d’oeuvres for your New Year’s celebrations!
**Check with stores for current pricing and availability.**