Champagne Wishes

THE HOLIDAYS ARE BUBBLY SEASON, and Long Island winemakers give us every reason to drink their sparkling wines. They really are delicious and reasonably priced. Sparkling wines have great versatility as an aperitif, and can carry you from soup to nuts, as it were. So if you want a wine that goes as well with your New Year’s Eve lobster risotto as it does with the final course of creme brûlée, look for some of these North and South Fork sparklers.

Sparkling Pointe is the only winery on the North Fork dedicated solely to the production of sparkling wines. Try its Brut seduction with sharp cheeses or lobster. Its nv cuvée carnaval rouge, with its hints of cherries, cinnamon, and cardamom, can carry you all the way through your Thanksgiving meal.

Channing Daughters produces five varieties of their pétillant naturel sparkling wines using an ancient winemaking tradition known as the “ancestral method”: a syrah cabernet franc rosé and a merlot rosé, a sparkling red, and two sparkling whites, a sylvanus and a Bianco. Reminiscent of prosecco and moscatos . . .and of Champagne, all at once these rustique bubblies are delicious.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s noblesse oblige extra Brut sparkling rosé is another versatile choice, great with oysters, shrimp, and risotto.

Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blanc is a perennial favorite of many oenophiles, with whispers of green apple, pear, citrus, and honey. This one can stand up to your rich chocolate mousse.

Palmer Vineyard’s sparkling Brut nv recently won the Bronze Medal at the New York Wine and Food Classic with its apple, lemon, and almond essences.

But don’t stop there. It’s party time! Several other wineries make festive sparkling wines — Bedell, Paumanok, Shinn Estate, Martha Clara, and Lenz. give them a try, see which ones you like best, and stock up.

And don’t forget brunch: These are divine with smoked salmon and eggs Benedict.


Article Tags : Wine, entertaining
Laura Donnelly