New Year’s Eve begs for bubbles, but remember, one cannot live on drink alone. That’s why we’ve paired some of our favorite sparkling wines with spicy finger food that’s simple to make, easy to serve, and guaranteed to delight your friends. Wherever your finances fall this year, there’s a bubbly that will fit your budget. If too many Christmas shopping credit card bills start rolling in, you might want to start the year with a bit of fiscal responsibility. Spanish cava and Italian prosecco offer great taste at a great price. But if you’ve hit the lottery or your boss was generous with your Christmas bonus you might want to splurge on true champagne from France. And click here for two bonus videos on holiday sides to pair with these boozy dinners: coconut braised collard greens and Ecuadorian mashed potatoes.
Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva Cava
Segura Viudas Gran Cuvee Reserva Cava adds a touch of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to a base of Macabeo and Parellada. The result is a delicious Spanish cava with classic French style that won’t break the bank. The refreshing fruit flavors and crisp acidity are a great match for the coconut milk and jalapeño flavors of this tangy and spicy tuna ceviche.
Champagne Charles Heidsieck
Mozzarella, pomegranate, and basil bruschetta are as tasty as they are beautiful, just like Champagne Charles Heidsieck. ts gorgeous amber color and persistent bubbles keep inviting you in for another sip. You’ll like its generous bouquet of toasted nuts and freshly baked bread that precedes the tropical flavors of mango, guava, and dried apricot on your palate.
If you like just a touch of residual sugar in your bubbly Taittinger Nocturne is the one for you. The subtle fruit sweetness is ethereal if you’re enjoying this champagne as an aperitif or with spicy crabcakes with Sriracha-lime mayonnaise.
La Marca Prosecco
La Marca Prosecco has classic floral notes and crisp citrus flavors. It’s a great value whether you buy the standard 750ml bottle, or the party sized 1.5 liter magnum. If it’s just the two of you, La Marca also comes in 187ml personal sized bottles. Why not whip up a platter of bacon-wrapped maduros to go with it—the sweet and spicy flavors work great with this sparkling wine from Italy.
Palmer Brut Reserve
Buffalo chicken empanadas taste even better when they’re paired with Palmer Brut Reserve. This tasty Champagne is composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. It has a nose of freshly picked green apples and pears with a hint of toasted walnuts and hazelnuts. The crisp fruit flavors bring out the Tabasco spice of the empanada while the buttery pastry calms the heat.