Last Minute Sparklers

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!


The Affordable
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.

The Classic
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.

The Local
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.

13th Street Brut Rose




About allisonvidug

Allison has been professionally passionate about wine and food for eight years. In that short time, Allison has traveled across Canada to work at some of the finest establishments focussed on premium wine, food and service. Her travels and education has allowed Allison the pleasure to live in some of Canada’s most beautiful locations such as the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, Toronto, Lake Louise and Muskoka. Some of Allison's favourite things include; wine, gin, whisky, cheese, mushrooms, cooking, hosting, growing vegetables, cottaging and dogs. Allison has seriously invested in her education of food and drink. She is a graduate of the Food and Beverage Management Diploma Program at George Brown College. She also holds a Diploma in Viticulture and Winery Management from Niagara College. Allison has fine tuned her wine and spirit sensory skills by completing certificates with the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Allison is currently completing here WSET Diploma, one of the highest levels of wine education.
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