Let it sparkle
Five delicious bottles, from $15 to $50, to give this holiday season or to open and enjoy right now.
Those columns of bubbles streaming briskly upward in the glass not only delight the eye, they somehow also lift the spirit. That’s why sparkling wine deserves an invitation to every holiday party.
La Tosa “Valnure” 2009 This cheery little sparkler is from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It is fully but not brutally dry, with some apple-like fruit flavors and a garnish of minerals; it is just gently fizzy. $14.99 at Vintages, 32 Leonard Street, Belmont, 617-484-4560, http://www.vintagesonline.com; $15.99 at Kappy’s Liquors, 325 Bennett Highway, Malden, 781-322-4000, http://www.kappys.com
Louis de Grenelle “Corail” Saumur NV A rose of cabernet franc in a beautiful pale copper hue, this wine has an appetizing crispness, bone-dry fruit, and a clean-as-a-whistle finish. It has a firm feel and is nicely fresh – impossible not to like. $17.99 at Bauer Wines & Spirits, 330 Newbury Street, Boston, 617-262-0363, http://www.bauerwines.com; $19.99 at Marty’s Fine Wines, 675 Washington Street, Newton, 617-332-1230, http://www.martysfinewine.com
Champagne Guy Larmandier Brut NV Your occasion may qualify as special, or you may be looking for a special gift. In either case, consider taking the plunge into artisanal, authentic Champagne – this one is made with all estate-grown chardonnay fruit. It is brisk with vivacious acidity and some lovely lemon notes. The long, lingering finish is a bonus. $47.99 at Martignetti Liquors, 1650 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, 617-782-3700; $48 at Vintages
Argyle Willamette Valley Brut 2006 Roughly 60 percent chardonnay and 40 percent pinot noir, this exuberantly frothy Oregon bubbly is mouth-filling, with solid golden apple-like fruit flavors and some earthy bass notes. It handles meatier nibbles with ease. $25.99 at Ralph’s Derby Street Wine & Spirits, 94 Derby Street, Hingham, 781-749-9463, http://www.derbystreetwine.com; $22.99 at Lower Falls Wine Company, 2366 Washington Street, Newton, 617-332-3000, http://www.lowerfallswine.com
Adriano Adami “Garbel” 2009 Softly fruity, sudsy, and low in alcohol, Garbel is an ideal brunch, lunch, or early evening party wine. It’s real-deal prosecco, with a bit more character than you might be used to. $16.95 at Harvard General Store, 1 Still River Road, Harvard, 978-430-0062, http://www.harvardgeneralstore.com; $15.99 at Blanchards Wines & Spirits, 741 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, 617-522-9300, http://www.blanchardsliquor.com
Stephen Meuse writes about wine for the Globe’s Food section.