Real Champagne is one of our favorite wines on the planet. But sometimes you want bubbles on a budget, and Champagne's just not an option. We spoke to sommeliers from across the country and asked them what sparkling wines they recommend beyond Champagne.
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Champagne's best delight comes in oysters, fried chicken, and triple cream cheese.
We asked 13 top sommeliers from around the country for their Valentine's Day wine advice: what to order, how to choose a wine that will go with a romantic meal, from oyster start to chocolatey finish. Check out the slideshow for their advice, from favorite Champagnes to budget recommendations.
Ever wonder what makes those little bubbles in your glass of Champagne? Do you know how long it took to make that bottle you're popping this Thanksgiving? I recently traveled to France to check out this winegrowing region and learn what I could about the history of the area and how your bubbly gets made.
We've been chatting a bunch lately about which wines age well, and which wines we should buy to drink ten or fifteen or twenty years down the road. Today, we're checking in with famed wine importer (and friend of the site) Terry Theise. He's known for bringing small-production wines from Germany, Austria, and the Champagne region of France to the US, so he knows a thing or two about how these bottles taste as time goes by.
Thank goodness spring is finally here. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, I mean, what more could you want? Perhaps a tasty cocktail, that's what. With all the action going on outside, I decided it was high time to create a floral-inspired cocktail. Lavender, a relative to the mint family, is the perfect starting point.
Pretty pink wine can definitely enhance a romantic evening. But it's a challenge to find good-value bottles: sparkling rosé is almost always more expensive than its paler counterpart. Here are a few of our favorite pink sparkling wines—Cremant, Cava, and Champagne.
You never know what kinds of things you might find at Costco. I can't remember the last time I saw Champagne (the real stuff from France) on sale for less than $30. But Costco's Kirkland Signature Champagne runs just $20 for the white and $25 for the pink. That's the cheapest Champagne I've seen anywhere. But is it any good?
We tried 23 different bottles to figure out which nonvintage Champagnes tasted best. What's the best value in this region of fancy bubbly? Here's what we found.
Sparkling wine is made all over the world, and all of the different regions, grapes, and methods of production can be a bit daunting, so we have endeavored to bring you a quick and easy guide to the differences between bottles of bubbly.
This week, with holiday celebrations looming, we'll cover essential fizzy cocktails. Whether made from cava, prosecco, American bubbly, or the venerable Champagne, sparkling wine-based cocktails are a treat for any party, from the large to the intimate.
Unless you're signed up to bring the pie (and even if you are) it's nice to arrive on Thanksgiving Day with a gift for your host. Here are a few festive choices to pick up and bring along to the Thanksgiving feast.
Seriously chalky soil is part of what makes the Cote des Blancs region in Champagne famous for its chardonnay. We recently tasted two blanc de blancs (all-chardonnay) Champagnes from this region: one from Perrot-Batteux et Filles, and the other from Pierre Gimmonet. These wines launch our explorations of grower Champagnes: wines made by small producers—the families who grow the grapes. Think of it like microbrewed beer, except the independent microbrewer also happens to be a hop grower and malt-producer. Well, maybe it's not a perfect metaphor...
We moved into a new office this week—it feels like a new home, really, where we'll be writing and editing and cooking and eating (and drinking!) and working on exciting new projects. After most of the Ikea furniture was assembled and the boxes unpacked, it was time to celebrate our new digs (and try a wine worthy of a celebration.)
Champagne—real Champagne—has unequaled power. Perhaps it's the finesse, the blush of bubbles that carry mineral notes like a stream burbling over stones. The hints of lemon peel and brioche, tea and quince. It's the festive pop, too, that tells us we're celebrating. But this love potion really works because we associate it with happy moments.
You can't ring in the New Year without bubbles. (Go ahead and toast with sparkling cider or a non-alcoholic punch dosed with club soda—it's the fizz that counts.) If you're not shelling out for real Champagne, there are a dizzying array of options. Luckily the Serious Eats team has sorted out the delicious from the drainpours and now present to you our top choices in bubbly for ringing in 2011.
It's nice to start off a celebration with a flute of something bubbly. Grower-producer Champagnes like those from Pierre Peters and Gimmonet set my heart aflutter. But this Thanksgiving, I want to recommend a few other sparklers to start your meal off right.
DeuS is marketed as a top-shelf "divine beverage" somewhere between a beer and a sparkling wine. It's sold in a 750-ml Champagne bottle, at Champagne prices. Brewed in Belgium by Brouwerij Bosteels, DeuS undergoes fermentation and maturation in Belgium, but is then transported to the Champagne region of France, where sugars and yeast are added for refermentation and a long aging, and a temporary cap is put on.