Bubble Bubble Christmas Trouble

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Vintage Cellars
February 16, 2017
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Sparklings can be daunting to select, and the wrong choice can dampen a good celebration. A few pointers will get you heading in the right direction.

The end of the year brings all the sparklings to the yard. Nothing says ‘let’s party!’ like an open bottle of bubbles. Historically used at the coronation for the Kings of France, Champagne and its myriad offspring are the only way to start a celebration. As the silly season descends, it would be wise to stock up on a few bottles to have ready at a moment’s notice for the unexpected drop in, or for the office Christmas do.

For Gifting

Sensi Prosecco, all alluring in its decadent gold packaging, has Kris Kringle written all over it. Aside from the obvious gifting potential, this lighter-bodied Prosecco will make a terrific aperitif, offering simple fruit-driven and delicate bubbles. For a step up in bling, Heemskerk from Tasmania have released, in partnership with Georg Jensen, the Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvee. With a wonderful track record of elegant and timeless sparkling wine, this partnership has transformed the packaging to align with what’s in the bottle and includes a free Georg Jensen bottle stopper too.

For Hot Summer Days

For those screaming hot days when only bubbles will do, why not tackle the Moet Ice Imperial, the only Champagne designed to be served over ice. Break from tradition and get the conversation started with this new take on one of the most rigid and traditional of wine regions.

If Champagne over ice is too much to bear, then the classic stylings of Piper Heidsieck Brut NV will help restore order. Famous for its terrific acid expression and clean lines, the Piper Heidsieck will be the perfect foil to a simply dressed plate of fresh oysters.

For Dessert

If you want to stay on bubbles the entire day, then you will need something sweet to pair with dessert. Chandon makes a beautiful sweet sparkling wine called Cuvée Riche. Whilst this won’t be able to deal with a chocolate mud cake, this sparkling sweet wine will be a beautiful match with a custard-based dessert and some lovely ripe strawberries.

For Something Different

There is always one that won’t drink sparkling wine and invariably those that turn their nose at white wine, but they will be tempted to the bubbly side with a little sparkling shiraz. This almost entirely Australian phenomenon brings big, spicy shiraz with bubbles to the party. The style is a terrific match with rich foods and will compliment a simple barbecued piece of steak like few other wines. The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz is lovely wine with effortless and generous fruit expression and a wonderful bead to bring out your inner ebullience.

If you need to make a statement or perhaps carry favour with the boss, then splashing out on a bottle of Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz will do no harm to your reputation. With ability to age gracefully in your cellar, this wine will not only impress at the dinner table now, but if stored correctly will be a thing of beauty in over a decade.

The Champagne and sparkling wine category is no longer just a few bottles of fizz; it now represents almost every continent and incredibly stylist diversity. Enjoy responsibly this silly season and explore the world of bubbles.