It’s New Year’s Eve and even if you’re not a fan of champagne, you might end up with a glass of bubbly in your hand at some point during the night! But the bubbly need not be Champagne! There are plenty of sparkling wine options from which to choose – and they could even save you a few bucks too!
So, without further hesitation, consider this list of “alternatives”:
- Prosecco: A sparkling wine from northeast Italy. Medium-bodied, dry or off-dry wine with light stone fruit flavors. The fully sparkling ones are called “Spumante” and the lightly sparkling are called “Frizzante”.
- Asti: Another Italian white, but this time from northwest Italy. It’s made from the Muscat grape, which gives it intense floral and fruity flavors. Light-bodied. A great buy if you want an easy to drink wine.
- Sekt: This is the German word for Sparkling wine. Most brands are simple, inexpensive, medium or dry, and are usually light-bodied with floral or fruity flavors.
- Cava: Spanish sparkling wine made from local grape varieties. Wines have neutral fruit flavors and less acidity than Champagne.
- Cremant: This indicates a sparkling wine made in France, the main region being the Loire. Wines have high acidity, green and citrus flavors.
- Sparkling Reds: These wines are usually Shiraz-based and are a specialty in Australia.
- Other regions producing notable sparkling wines are: South Africa, New Zealand and California.
Other Terms to Know:
- Blanc de Blancs: made from white Chardonnay grapes
- Blanc de Noirs: made from a blend of red grapes
- Rose: pink Champagne, typically very sweet
- Dry: sweet
- Brut: less sweet
- Doux: very, very, very sweet