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Is there any party that can’t be instantly improved by the sound of a cork popping for sparkling wine? But not all bubbles are created equally: you might want the best champagne or a rowdy midnight toast with Solo cups. To help you plan, we sat down with sommelier Steven Grubbs, wine director at Empire State South, for a blind tasting of four sparkling wines.
Champagnes and other sparkling wines are fragile! Swirl them and they’ll go flat, which means you lose the aromatics that the bubbles are meant to deliver.
The celebratory yet stressful nature of the holiday season calls for one quencher: bubbly. The good thing is that there are options; these days, you can find world-class sparkling wines from all across the globe. The bad news: Finding the right bottle can be pretty intimidating. I’m here to help.
It’s unlikely that a region will ever dethrone the bubbly, kingly wines of Champagne, a land indebted to its particularly cool climate and chalky, limestone soil. Last week we sat down to taste rosé Champagne with Elise Losfelt, a sixth-generation winemaker and one of ten for Moët & Chandon.