Noche Vieja is a night to celebrate with family and friends, and nothing says “Cheers” like a glass of cold bubbly. While Champagne often tops our list, we are also fans of more affordable but still delicious Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain. The finest Italian sparklers are made in the metodo classico, while the best bubbles from Spain are produced using the métode tradicional, both of which mean they are made the same way Champagne is made—with a second fermentation inside the bottle. That’s where those fun little bubbles that tickle the tongue come from. Here are a few of our favorites.
Cava: Spain’s sparkler is made from three main grapes, Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarel-ho, but can also be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a couple of other varieties. It's ideal on its own for a holiday toast and also goes well with seafood dishes and jamon Iberico.
Albet I Noya Cava Brut Reserva: Grown using organic and biodynamic practices, the grapes used in this restrained and delicate Cava are equal proportions of Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Chardonnay. Tiny bubbles and flavors of almond and buttered toast are a delight to your taste buds.
Paul Cheneau Lady of Spain Cava Brut (left): Don’t be fooled by Lady of Spain’s festive bottle featuring a fan-waving senorita in primary colors. This is a serious Cava at a party-ready price. Flavors of lemon, apple, and baking bread will keep the crowd happy from the ball drop to breakfast.
Anna De Codorniu Brut Rosé: Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this pink sparkler has delicious flavors of strawberry, cherry, and Granny Smith apple. Sparkling wine is always fun at a fiesta, but throw in a little pink and you’ve taken it to a whole new level.
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