What a New Year without real champagne ?! — Millions of Russians are now lamenting.
But alas, champagne is real, French now is prohibitively expensive and sometimes does not fit into the planned holiday expenses. “And what to do?” Readers will ask.
There is a great alternative — sparkling wine.
First of all, French Cremant de Bourgogne — its production is adjusted just fifty kilometers south of Champagne, in Chablis. Grape variety — Chardonnay, classic for the province of Champagne.
The technology is traditional for sparkling wines, that is, secondary fermentation, when those desired bubbles appear in the wine, takes place in a bottle.
Price — an order of magnitude lower than the «native» champagne.
What is not an alternative?
The second option is sparkling wines from other regions of France: Alsace, the Loire Valley, the Rhone Valley, etc. They have a modest title Cremant or Executivescent, that is, “sparkling”, but in taste they are often not inferior to commercial brands of champagne. But the price they have — well, very democratic. You can (and should) serve them the same dishes as champagne: caviar, seafood, meat and poultry in cream sauce, soft cheeses.
Believe me, neither you nor your guests will be disappointed.
In fact, in France, you can not get hung up.
Fine sparkling wines are produced, for example, in Of spain. They are called Cava, what in Spanish means “basement” is a typical, collective name for all Spanish sparkling wines. They are made from local grape varieties, again using traditional champagne technology.
You can serve them to paella, to classic Spanish delicacies, for example, to ham, to cheeses and smoked meats.
The fact is that sparkling wines get along well with salt — they refresh the taste buds and do not leave them in the language of bitterness, because there are no tannins in them.
Even picky French annually buy millions of bottles of Cava for their holiday gatherings.
Do not neglect and Italian sparkling wines — Prosecco able to save any holiday.
It has a little more residual sugar than brut champagne, but for Russian it is even more pleasant.
Prosecco do in the north of Italy (mainly in Veneto, as well as in Piedmont), but the best — in the vicinity of the towns of Conegliano and Valdobyadine (Prosecco di Conegliano e Valdobbiadene DOC).
What to file? Prosecco are good for risotto, for salads with mozzarella, smoked meat and seafood.
If you are planning to arrange an Italian table for the New Year, then you can’t find Prosecco better.
Well, it is not a sin to mention the Italian spumante, including Asti — they will give you a lot of pleasure.
And finally german sparkling sekt — All Northern Europe drinks them. Experts say that the name Sekt goes back to the French word sec — “dry”, but even if you do not go into etymology, it is clear that the Germans, who for a century were very active in the production and export of champagne, adopted a lot of techniques and technologies from affairs of masters «.
The result is very impressive, no wonder this «pop» repeatedly awarded at international competitions.
What to file for sparkling wine — that is the question of questions. But there is a whole range of answers to it.
Sparkling wines are also good in that they combine with the most varied tastes — with sour and salty, with sweet and bitter. It’s all about high acidity and magic bubbles.
Acidity balances the taste of even the most fatty dish, and the bubbles constantly refreshes the mouth.
It turns out that there is probably no more universal wine in the world.
Fish and seafood — best friends of sparkling wines.
White meat (chicken, baby pork), veal and even venison will be favorably emphasized by the taste of sparkling wine.
Foie gras, both hot and cold, perfectly revealed in combination with sparkling wine.
And also smoked meat, cheeses, fruit cakes — Sparkling wines ideally converge with aperitif and dessert.
Only one restriction: no need to combine sparkling wines with chocolate — it kills the taste of sparkling wine. Everything else is allowed.
Within reasonable limits, of course.
Dare! Happy New Year!
With new happiness!
one. Cremant de bourgogne
2 Cremant D’Alsace
3 Prosecco Casa Defra
four. Riesling sekt extra trocken
PS: Identify sparkling wines very simple.
Look for the characteristic «Champagne» bottle. Her pear-shaped form appeared for a reason.
The pressure inside such a bottle reaches 3-4 atmospheres, and so that the bottle does not explode, its walls are thicker than the bottles for “quiet” wine. The special shape allows to minimize the effects of high pressure.
It was not for nothing that in the 18th century, until they invented the correct shape of the bottle, winemakers entered the cellar where champagne was aged, not otherwise than in an iron lattice mask — from sin, because about half the bottles burst during the aging process.
If you want to find a specific sparkling wine, carefully read the label and even more carefully — the counter label.
Everything is indicated there: country, producer, grape variety, sugar content.
Even feed temperature.
If we talk about the producers of sparkling wines, then you should pay attention to the Alsatian companies Bernard Weber, Doppf, Cave de Bennewihr, Cave de Sigolsheim. Among the Burgundians, very good sparkling produce Cave de Bailly.
On the Loire regions are famous for their sparkling wines. Anjou and Touraine — they are particularly light and airy.
In the section of Spanish wines do not pass by the company’s products Freixenet — despite the fact that the company produces sparkling tens of millions of bottles, the quality remains excellent.
All manufacturers of high-quality sparkling wines in one article does not list, it is obvious.
But we set the starting points.
The main thing — do not be afraid to experiment.