So what are your Christmas plans?
We are having a low-key holiday with an emphasis on family and feasting.
With a new puppy in the house, I’ve decided not to risk my vintage ornament collection to Angus’s youthful exuberance, so the tree is going to to be a small one set on a cabinet instead of the floor-to-ceiling evergreen we usually have. A small price to pay for this bundle of joy. The counterpart to fabulous Christmas fare is wonderful wine.
NOTHING IS MORE FESTIVE THAN BUBBLY
From Champagne to Prosecco to Cava, a toast to the season is a grand start to any Christmas celebration.
I’ve found an Italian sparkler that is also budget-friendly: Cecilia B. Vino Spumante Bianco. Perfect for gifting or serving a crowd, the elegant label and the delicious taste belie the $12 price.
This charmer from the Veneto region is extra-dry and has only 11% alcohol so it makes a marvellous aperitif or to partner with seafood or light pasta dishes.
Spumante is an Italian sparkling wine. In contrast to a frizzante, a spumante must have at least three bar pressure on the bottle, which ensures that it also foams significantly more. A harmonious interplay between the Chardonnay, Glera and Pinot Nero varieties used ensures this unique taste experience. The Spumante Bianco from Cecilia Beretta winery sparkles in the glass in bright straw yellow and seduces with its beautiful, long perlage. Its delightful freshness and subtle aromas of peach and white flowers are delightful. There are also delicate almond and citrus flavours.
There are conflicting opinions amongst oenophiles when it comes to stemware selection for bubbly. Flutes? Standard wine glasses? Or coupes?
Wine writer Victoria Moore chooses a standard wineglass or a bowed-flute for the fullest aromatic expression of a Champagne, and thin flutes for Cava, Prosecco, or fizzy cocktails.
Whatever vessel you chose, make sure you have a champagne stopper.
It preserves those precious bubbles so you don’t feel compelled to finish the entire bottle once you open it. I love to have leftover bubbly for lunch the next day—it’s especially good with sushi or a bagel with lox (smoked salmon), cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, red onion, capers, with a sprinkling of Maldon salt and a grinding of pepper. Can you tell it’s my favourite? Yum!
This indispensable bar accessory also makes a perfect stocking stuffer for the wine-lover who has everything.
Here’s hoping your Christmas is merry, bright,
- “Why Settle for a Flute when you can Savour the Whole Symphony?“, The Telegraph, Victoria Moore
- The Perfect Gift: Wine-Lover
- The Wine Dine Dictionary: Good Food and Good Wine: An A-Z of Suggestions for Happy Eating and Drinking, by Victoria Moore: My book review; Amazon
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