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Ring in the New Year With Bubbles

[i]Noche Vieja[/i] is a night to celebrate with family and friends, and nothing says “Cheers” like a glass of cold bubbly. While [b]Champagne [/b]often tops our list, we are also fans of more affordable but still delicious [b]Prosecco[/b] from Italy and [b]Cava [/b]from Spain. The finest Italian sparklers are made in the [i]metodo classico, [/i]while the best bubbles from Spain are produced using the [i]métode tradicional[/i], 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. [b]Cava[/b]: 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[i] jamon Iberico[/i]. [b][url=http://www.albetinoya.cat/eng/]Albet I Noya [/url]Cava Brut Reserva: [/b]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. [b][url=http://www.giroribot.es/en/cava-sub/8]Paul Cheneau [/url]Lady of Spain Cava Brut [/b](left): Don’t be fooled by Lady of Spain’s festive bottle featuring a fan-waving [i]senorita[/i] 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. [b][url=http://www.codorniu.com/]Anna De Codorniu[/url] Brut Rosé: [/b]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 [i]fiesta[/i], but throw in a little pink and you’ve taken it to a whole new level. [i]Next up, Prosecco...[/i]

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