The holiday season is still in full swing with New Years Eve right around the corner. That means that it’s time for some bubbly! But with so many corked and caged options, we know it can be hard to tell the difference let alone choose the best bubbly. So we put together these quick facts and recommendations to help you out.
What’s the difference?
All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. The same goes for Prosecco, Cava, Sekt, and Lambrusco. Sparkling wine is an umbrella term that covers all of these styles, but each of the styles is from its own region and made according to specific rules.
Champagne comes from the Champagne region of France and is made using a traditional process called Méthode Champenoise. This bubbly has notes of citrus, white peach, white cherry, almond, and toast.
Prosecco is a popular bubbly from Italy. It has a fruity aroma and large bubbles making it great for mixed drinks and mimosas.
Cava is known as Método Tradicional in Spain where it’s produced. Made with Macabeu grapes, Cava has faint floral aromatics along with a lemony flavor and a slightly bitter finish.
Sekt is a German sparkling wine that is usually less alcoholic than Champagne. This sparkling wine can vary in sweetness and dryness.
Lambrusco typically comes from Australia, and is a red sparkling wine. There are variations in this style, but many modern examples are tart and refreshing.
Which is best?
That depends on your personal taste, but you really can’t go wrong popping any of these effervescent wines on New Year’s Eve.
If you’re looking for a recommendation so you can grab and go, try one of our top three picks:
- Zardetto Brut, Prosecco – available by the glass at Alchemy Wine and Beer or to go at $25/btl available in Alchemy Wine Shop
- Veuve Fourny, Blanc de Blanc, Champagne 1er Cru Brut – available by the bottle at Alchemy Wine and Beer
- Juve y Camps, Cava – available by the magnum (which is about 10 glasses of wine – two bottles in one!) at Alchemy Wine and Beer