Sparkling wine or champagne? Here are ten proposals to celebrate the last of the year and as many recipes to combine for your dinner
There is no party without it bubbles. But which ones to choose? Wine shops and supermarkets are overflowing with labels, not to mention the almost infinite variety that e-commerce offers with wineries and specialized platforms, now able to deliver your favorite or desired bottles home in a few days. Finding your way around the selection is not easy, especially if you want to try something new. The winemakers of the Bel Paese offer a very wide choice of sparkling wines both classic method (that of champagne and Franciacorta, with refermentation in the bottle) and Martinotti (that of prosecco, with refermentation in steel tanks). But for those who want to broaden the borders, it is Champagne it is an excellent alternative, especially with this year's vintage wines and rosés. During the holidays, according to the observatory forecasts Ovse (Economic Observatory for wines and sparkling wines), almost 70 million bottles made in Italy will be uncorked in Italy, at a cost of 610-620 million euros. Lower expenditure for bottles from beyond the Alps.
Here are the 10 bottles of prosecco, classic method sparkling wine and champagne with the comment of Enrico Mazza of Sommelier Coach, and our advice on bottles and combinations for a last year with a bang … at least for the palate, which he will thank.
A Prosecco? Yes please!
"For the appetizer, choose a Brut or Extra-dry type, so that it is not too sugary, even better if in the Prosecco Superiore DOCG version, where the taste notes are even more complex and interesting".
Masottina R.D.O. Ponente 2020 Brut – Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rive di Ogliano DOCG
Fresh and varied bouquet with notes of bergamot, white pulp fruit and acacia flowers. The palate offers fresh and delicate floral fragrances enhanced by pleasant mineral nuances. Pairing: cold appetizers.
The Cuvèe of the Founder Graziano Merotto – Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Millesimato 2020 50th Edition
A bottle homage to the founder for the first 50 years of activity: it releases on the nose immediate notes of white fruit and citrus, pleasant floral sensations accompanied by a mineral verve. Savory and fresh, it is perfect for an aperitif, but also suitable for the whole meal. Pairing: polenta and cod.
Italians do It Better
«The classic method differs from Prosecco due to the refermentation in the bottle rather than in the autoclave. This method gives bubbles that can also be many fine, numerous and that never seem to end .
Rotari AlpeRegis Rosé 2015 – Trento Doc
Millesimato produced from selections of Pinot Nero and Chardonnay grapes with maturation on the lees for at least 36 months. With a pink color, tending to coppery, it has a fine and persistent perlage. Its aroma is intense and fragrant of raspberry and cherry, with light notes of biscuit and yeast. Pairing: theoctopus and potato salad.
Puiatti – Yellow Ribolla
Persistent perlage and intriguing nose, with notes of broom, pear and Golden apple, aromatic herbs. Mouth biting and crunchy, fresh, with a long finish. Food matching: fried fish.
Enrico Serafino – Zero Riserva Pas dosé
It is the sparkling wine that best represents Enrico Serafino Alta Langa. Complex, multifaceted, full-bodied, elegant and intense, with a vibrant structure and a very long mineral aftertaste. Pairing: tagliolin with fake truffle (by Antonino Cannavacciuolo).
Banfi Cuvée Aurora Extra Brut – Alta Langa DOCG – 2017
From Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it has a straw yellow color, fine and very persistent perlage. Intense and fragrant aroma, with hints of candied citrus peel, acacia honey and toasted hazelnut. Fresh and savory, it goes well with oysters, raw and cooked seafood and shellfish. Pairing: char roll with prawns.
His majesty, the champagne
"Choose a Blanc de Blancs made from 100% Chardonnay, which with its delicate, light scents, with vegetal and citrus notes, will be able to enhance and accompany a great first course of traditional Italian cuisine. Or ideal for the "midnight bang" an excellent vintage (a single vintage), perhaps even aged, which will help us meditate on the year just past and better face what is coming ".
Hopefully, Rosé in the evening
Dom Pérignon x Lady Gaga Limited Edition 2006
The design of the bottle alone is a prelude to a "limited" experience, just like this bottle. The bouquet has notes of spices and cocoa. On the palate, the silky texture blends into a dense, vigorous texture with a vegetal and lymphatic lightness. Food matching: shellfish medallions.
Moët & Chandon – Grand Vintage Rosé 2013
From a late harvest, it embodies a year of anticipation, of trepidation. The nose has intense fruity notes, the palate is refined, with a fruity expression of autumnal notes. Pairing: citrus risotto with smoked sturgeon.
Until the end
Veuve Clicquot – Madame Clicquot Grande Dame 2012
A tribute to "La Grande Dame de la Champagne" which this year has changed its look relying on the creativity of Yayoi Kusama: the Japanese artist, famous for his universe dotted with wavy shapes and imaginative polychromies, has decorated with his own iconic motifs the packaging and the bottle of La Grande Dame 2012, invariably based on Pinot Noir (90%). A precise and delicate wine, playful, lively and cheerful. Just like his image. Pairing: sea urchin yolk and burrata.
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2013
From 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 5% Meunier grapes "it stands out for its harmony", says Séverine Frerson, chef de cave of the Maison. «Harmony in the proportions that combine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in almost equal parts, but also harmony over time. This is «a majestic cuvée that maintains its style and philosophy as it matures. Perfect for the midnight toast. Pairing: legumes.