You know how the holidays work. You might receive an impromptu invitation via text “come over tonight” or you get a call from a family member “don’t forget to bring the wine”. In addition to your own wines, take a bottle of bubbly with you.

Yah. There’s something special in a bottle of sparkling wine that makes everyone smile. And that bottle of bubbly doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive – you uncorking the bottle alone can get the party started. Keep a few bottles on hand. We offer a couple of resources below to help you choose.

Claire L. Torbeck, DipWSET and Certified Sommelier who is also the Cellar Master for the International Wine & Food Society – Lake Tahoe, and judges at SHW’s Jubilee wine competition, published this article on Navigating the World of Bubbles. This fast-reading primer gives a great overview of different sparklers to help you choose and do the talk.

At this past September Club meeting, winemaker Kurt Burris chose five sparkling wines for tasting, all with affordable price points. Most can be found locally:

  • Levert Freres Cremant
  • La Vostro Prosecco
  • Mumm Napa Rose
  • Segura Brut Heredad Reserva Cava
  • Lunaria Ancestrale Pinot Grigio PET NAT