The celebration of the year 2012 begins tomorrow. Most people will be popping bottles of bubbly. Here are my quick recommendations for something affordable, classic and local. Happy New Year to everyone!
NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, Penèdes, Spain
$14.95 LCBO 00216960, 750ml
This wine packs in so much value! Cava is made in the traditional method but with local Spanish grapes. This wine has a pale straw colour and aromas of apple, peach, white grapefruit and toast. The palate is crisp, with some waxy and fruity flavours. Pop a few bottles for New Year’s Day brunch. It’s delicious straight up but is also great for sparkling cocktails such as the Mimosa and Poinsettia.
NV Pol Roger Extra Cuvée de Réserve Rich, Champagne, France
$37.95 Vintages 00739904, 375ml
This 375ml bottle of Champagne is perfect for a romantic celebration for two! The Réserve Cuvée from Pol Roger is appropriately named “Rich”. The warm gold colour of the wine is highlighted with copper hues. The bouquet has prominent aromas of hazelnuts, coco and rustic crusty bread, followed by notes of strawberries and cream. The mouth feel is full and luscious but balanced with a backbone of acidity. Linger over a glass while watching snowflakes fall this winter.
NV 13th Street Cuvée Rosé, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Canada
$24.95 Vintages 00147504, 750ml
Elegant packaging from Niagara’s 13th Street Winery wraps up this festive sparkler. The clear bottle shows off the delicate salmon colour. The nose has distinct savoury aromas of a great Niagara rosé, a balance of sour red fruits such as cranberry and pomegranate mixed with herbal notes of pine and rosemary. The palate is crisp and dry with a vivacious mouse. This wine couldn’t be more suited for New Year festivities and the many hors d’oeuvres served throughout the celebration.