Bubbly Worth Celebrating
Every year features highlights and bumps in the road, as we take on new challenges and enjoy our favorite traditions. New Year’s Eve is the culmination of it all, a chance to look back on accomplishments and ring in the future. While fireworks may be great for ending the calendar with a bang, a bit of bubbly is perfect for starting the next year with a pop. In your search for the right champagne or sparkling wine this holiday, look no further than New Seasons Market. Its knowledgeable wine stewards can help you navigate the wide selection of locally-produced vintages and familiar, imported classics. For your drinking pleasure, Otto Han, New Season’s Category Manager of Wine, has chosen five bottles that will make your upcoming big bash (or low key evening) one to remember.
During the New Seasons Sparkling Wine Sale (Dec. 29-31), shoppers can take advantage of an additional 20% off prices.
Fantinel, "One & Only" Rosé Spumante Brut (Retail $18.99-19.99; Sale 12/26-12/31 $15.99)
Perhaps you need some pre-smooch courage, or just want to warm your cheeks to the frigid winter air, either way, an exquisite sparkling rosé is a handy excuse if you find yourself blushing.
“This cuvée of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reveals harmony and grace with a fine intense bouquet of red currants, wild strawberries and raspberries and a pleasant background of toasty bread,” Han explains. Pair this libation with a platter of artisanal cheeses and roasted almonds for maximum year’s end bliss.
J.J. Vincent Cremant de Bourgogne (Retail $19.99)
This jewel from Burgundy is one that gives the Champagne region a run for its money, in fact, “some people prefer this over traditional champagne,'' says Han. Each sip is bright and mineral with ambrosial traces of apricot and honey, expertly finessed by fifth-generation winemaker Antoine Vincent at the renowned Chateau Fuissé. “Beautiful and delicate on the finish, this wine over-delivers at the price,” he adds. Equipped with this, your contribution to the festivities will certainly impress friends and family.
Mellen Meyer Brut “Special Disgorgement” (Retail $31.99)
Time is fleeting and spending it with loved ones is priceless, so what better way to make the most of the occasion than with the limited supply Mellen Meyer Brut, of which only 61 cases were released. As Otto Han’s pick for an Oregon small producer, he says, “A traditional blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this elegant sparkling wine shows complex notes of toast, lemon curd and fresh berries.” Made with grapes exclusively harvested from the Willamette Valley AVA by expert Oregon winemaker Bobby Rowett in 2015, all residual sediment was expelled from the unique batch on November 17, 2019. The crystal clear elixir will help to cure any of the year’s lingering woes and lay a strong foundation for forthcoming resolutions.
Moscato d’Asti (Retail $9-15)
For those with sugary cravings, Moscato d’Asti varieties are frizzante, or lightly sparkling, which delivers a balanced sweetness without being overpowering. Add in the fact that these effervescent whites from the northwest of Italy are generally lower in alcohol, and you have a fantastically drinkable dessert wine - especially after a delicious New Year’s Eve feast. Boasting aromas of orange blossom, elements of ripe white peaches and lemon are sure to have your mouth watering as they dance across your palate.
Overjoy Brut - Sokol Blosser Winery (Retail $16.99)
Kicking off the year on a positive note calls for a toast with a meaningful beverage in your glass. That’s exactly what you get in the Sokol Blosser Overjoy Brut, which the Dundee Hills winery makes solely for New Seasons. With lower sugar content, the flavor profile comes across crisp and lively with vivid citrus notes. You’ll also encounter hints of brioche, courtesy of the yearlong on lees aging process; as the bottles mature, they are laid on their sides, maximizing contact with the leftover yeast particles to extract a distinct taste and mouthfeel. At a relatively low cost, the result of this cherished local partnership rises memorably to the occasion without completely breaking the bank.