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Sparkling wines for everyday sipping

Yes, most wine drinkers look to sparkling wines for celebratory events such as New Year’s Eve and even birthdays or anniversaries, but why limit the pleasure to a few occasions? We are fans of sparklers for life’s smaller events, whatever they may be!

Here are some wines that won’t break the bank but lend their sparkle and panache to any occasion, small, medium or large:

Lady of Spain by Giro Ribot, a pre-eminent Spanish Cava producer, blends multiple vintages in this cuvee- Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada to create a refreshing, effervescent wine that is toasty and fruity

Lucien Albrecht Brut, a Cremant d’Alsace, blends 50% Pinot Blanc, 25% Pinot Gris and 25% Riesling. They’ve been making wines in Alsace since 1425. This  one is fresh, creamy and subtle. The family’s Cremants are consistently Gold Medal winners in competition

Valdo Spumante Marca Oro is balanced and lovely with two varietals – Sicilian old grapes Nerello Mascalese and Glera, a fruity grape from Veneto

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Wine of the Week – Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé

For many centuries, Lucien Albrecht has  been a leader, indeed, a “founding father,” of Crémant D’Alsace in Alsace where Romanus Albrecht began making wine in 1425.

Today, the winery is overseen by a leading produce, Wolfberger, an  overseer of 450 wine estates. Like Albrecht, they have deep respect for the grapes, declaring: “Respectful of the Past and Ambitious for the Future.”

This sparkling Brut Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir in the “methode traditionalle.” Considered a great specialty of the house, it exudes notes of strawberry and wild cherry and is a rich aperitif with dry acidity, and is well suited to accompany fruit-based desserts.

The wine is 12% ABV and in 2004, the winery won four separate gold medals in the 14th Concours National  Crémant de France competition.

A delightful addition to celebrations, it is also a beautiful example of its unique terroir, exemplifying the winery’s style in this versatile region. It’s available through Pasternak Wine Imports.