Top 15 Classic Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

These classic sparklers are perfect for the holidays


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Top 15 Classic Sparkling Wines for the Holidays La Methode Champenoise, Methodo Classico, Classic Sparkling wine--no matter what you call it we know what you’re talking about. It’s probably a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but not always; lean, crisp and fresh with a hint of sweetness and underlying toasty, yeasty notes adding complexity to the fruit.

Fermented first for alcohol, then a second time, in the bottle, for the fizz, there are many sparkling wines, but nothing quite like this classic style. We call it Methode Champenoise since it seems to have originated, or at least attained its greatest glory in the hallowed region, but compelling examples now come from around the globe, with prices that make it accessible to virtually everyone looking to add some special sparkle to their holidays.

Here are some of my favorites for this year, starting with the best values and working our way to some top choices.

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  • Snooth User: dkstar1
    482017 31

    that headline is grossly misleading (and inaccurate).

    Dec 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 205,856

    You are absolutely correct. An error in production that I should have caught. I've changed the title here, but it will remain Champagne in your email. My apologies

    Dec 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM


  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    Thanks for the information Mr. Dal Piaz, unfortunately for us it will be going to COSTCO and choosing between their limited Moscato or Prosecco selections.

    But I do have to say I am impressed that you have gone beyond the 'safe' zone of Cava, Prosecco and the 'hallowed ground' of Champagne. The Georgian and Austrian sparklers seem pretty interesting as did the Mendoza one, perhaps one day I will come across them.

    Happy New Year celebrations and wishes to you and the whole Snooth team, may 2013 be a year of success, happiness, health and prosperity for all of you.

    Cheers!

    Solomon Mengeu

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM


  • Korbel…. Korbel????? WHat on earth is "classic" about Korbel?

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM


  • Snooth User: amour
    Hand of Snooth
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    Well written....came across real!...AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU, GREGORY...having gone the whole way and back...from Vintage Bollinger, Salon, low down to Andre!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 11:36 AM


  • great

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
    1332598 26

    Really wonderful

    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:28 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 06, 2013 at 1:07 PM


  • nice

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:03 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:49 AM


  • Striking

    Oct 09, 2013 at 5:25 AM


  • Snooth User: jamchimps
    1385295 43

    Its grand :)

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:24 AM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
    1487309 35

    Its good

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:54 AM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
    1487309 35

    Its calme :)

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:55 AM


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