California sparklers typically use the same grapes
as their French cousins in Champagne, though
they do vary considerably in color and body.
But one needn’t fly as far as California or
Europe to find sparkling-wine producers. In
the Northeast, look no farther than the Finge r
Lakes region in upstate New York, where the
wineries Knapp, Hosmer and Lucas Vineyards
produce fine sparklers as well.
Finally, appropriate glassware is a
must. Champagne and the like should be
served in a flute or tulip glass to
maintain its bubbles and integrity. To keep from
getting the holiday blues, inject a little
chambord (a raspberry liqueur) into your wine for
both color and character. Leftover bubbly can be
preserved in the fridge for a day or two with a
Champagne stopper. And speaking of the next
day, add a little to your O.J. in the morning for
the perfect “French toast.” —Ken Cutler
Italy’s answer to the sparkling wine, proseccos are
a fruity option when choosing a bottle of bubbly.
A Sparkling Glossary
Familiarize yourself with a few of the terms associated
with the production of champagne. That way, when you
present your gift, you’ll have a few bons mots to add.
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