Who says sparkling wine is reserved for New Year’s Eve? Special occasions certainly call for sparklers, but popping open a bottle can be an event in itself. In fact, with temperatures rising in the Bay Area, a cold glass of bubbly might be the best answer to beat the heat.
Hopefully, you managed to drink some of the good stuff over the holidays, and by good stuff, I’m talking about Champagne. If you’d like to find some spots where you can pound bubbles—excuse me, learn and explore the nuances of sparkling wine in greater depth, here are places around town that serve and sell quality Champagne and other similar wines from around the world. Enjoy your bubble bath.
What, there is more than one sparkling wine made in the relatively small growing region surrounding the town of Sonoma? Gloria Ferrer (owned by the Cava producer Freixenet) may be the most widely known, but, yes, there are others — including many still wine producers who make a bit of bubbly on the side.
Though you gotta have bubbles, there's no rule that says that Champagne is required to ring in the New Year. Rather, the imperative is to open something which has a cork that pops and to drink something refreshing and bubbly at 12:01 January 1. So, why not save the money that you would have spent on Champagne and instead buy yourself something nice to kick off 2010. In that spirit, here's three picks from local stores that will get you a loud cork and a mouthful of delicious sparkling wine. Cheers!