Add a Little Sparkle to Your Party
Some people still get confused with what to call different categories of bubbly wine such as Cava, Champagne, and Prosecco. "Sparkling Wine" is generally accepted as the catch-all phrase but I'm not sure the whole category wouldn't be better served by going first and foremost by "Magic Wine". You can explain to me with scientific jargon the ways beautiful bubbles are added all day long but at the end of that day it's all magic to me.
Central Market's holiday theme this year is "Make Some Magic." The easiest way I know to make your holidays magical is to add sparkles. If you're having any kind of gathering, to me it is an absolute must. Just a couple days ago, a regular guest told me of an incredible party he had just attended. It was an amazing gathering with everything, except...bubbles. He was very appreciative of the hospitality, but truly felt like there was a critical aspect missing, which saddened him a bit.
All Central Market locations have an amazing range of styles and price points of "Magic Wines." Some of my personal favorites include...
Pianello Prosecco - Prosecco is meant to be fun and flirty, and will immediately boost your spirits. Think about offering this slightly fruity and floral wine to welcome your guests or mix with orange juice to start your Christmas morning.
2009 Raventos Cava - Looking for a wine made in the method of true Champagne with complexity and nuance that can hang with the "real stuff" at less than half the price? This winner showing mineral and dry peach is all poise. Made with traditional Cava varietals by a family producer that has been continuously producing in Spain for over 20 generations.
Baron Fuente Brut Champagne
- Our buyer was able to secure exclusivity on this beautiful, true Champagne, last year. It is from a family owned producer and has a critical rating as high or higher than almost any big name label you can think of but offered at a much better price. Apple, citrus and slight toast notes ride on waves of tight, tingly framework.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne - This is one of my all time favorite wines in any category and at any price. It sadly had an extended stint of being unavailable in the Texas until it's triumphant return a few years ago. Be warned this is a special wine that might make you obsessed, like so many others who know and love this Champagne.
We wish you and your family and friends the happiest and most magic of holidays and hope that food and wine can play a part. As Eric Asimov of the New York Times says, "Like food, wine has a social role to play. It brings people together. It can increase happiness, amplify a sense of well-being and even comfort sadness."