Sparkling wine isn’t just for holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Slightly sweet fizzy wines tend to be lower in alcohol than traditional still wines, making them a great way to keep your cool when the weather gets hot. They are terrific to drink on their own, but the sweetness and acidity make them a good match for spicy foods. Here are a handful of our favorites, along with suggested food pairings.
Terra Andina Chic Sparkling Moscato
This sweet, low-alcohol sparkling Moscato comes from Brazil, the party capital of the world, so a glass of this is a great way to greet your guests. It’s also really nice alongside sweet and spicy party foods like these agave glazed chicken wings.
Pacific Rim White Flowers Sweet Sparkling Riesling
Hailing from Washington State, this aromatic and medium sweet sparkling Riesling lives up to its name, with flavors of white peach and lemon sorbet accented by rich floral notes. A great choice for brunch, it works nicely with the spice and umami of pork crackling sandwiches.
Mionetto Moscato Dolce
This sweet Moscato is a surefire crowd-pleaser on its own, but don’t forget to keep it coming when it’s time to serve food. Refreshing flavors of ripe apricot and honey and a nice crisp finish make this Italian sparkler a perfect partner for sweet and spicy foods like guava pork ribs.
This California bubbly with a French pedigree is equally at home in a Champagne flute or poured over ice in a tall glass with a slice of lime. Come dinnertime, it shines when you serve it alongside a sophisticated entrée such as pork tenderloin with blue cheese and fresh figs.