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."
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LUCA wrote on 6/16/2015 6:53:01 AM

You forgot to mention "FRANCIACORTA" sparkling wine, an excellent Italian sparkling wine made with 7 months primary fermentation and 18 months secondary fermentation resting on the lees. The region is South of the lake of Iseo, near Brescia (between Milan and Venice) and all production is severely monitored under a DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status. In my opinion an outstanding choice in FRANCIACORTA is FRECCIANERA, a new collection from FRATELLI BERLUCCHI winery:

Amber Guy wrote on 9/3/2014 5:04:26 PM

I sure wish you put Eric's recipes that he comes up with for your wines on your website. Eric is in Dallas They are absolutely delicious and I forget to write them down. LOL Right now I am trying to remember one that he had using Cava and peach nectar . . . don't know if there was anything else in it. Yikes! Loved it and bought everything and everyone loved it. Would love to make it again this weekend but alas . . . Please consider adding his fabulous wine recipes - thank you

Miguel Ramirez wrote on 6/17/2014 11:15:36 AM

I'm a long-time CM fan and usually buy my beer and ale there. But, recently, the price of Stone Brewing ales (Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard) went from $4.49 to $6.99! Sorry, CM, but you must be drinking too much ale if you think people will pay that outrageous price when other stores in the area still sell it for $3.99 to $4.49. Someone at CM is "pricing while intoxicated"

carrycash wrote on 2/4/2014 2:42:06 AM

I love your blog and what you posted.i want that type of sparkle..

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