My favorite New Year’s celebrations? Doing the unexpected with great friends. This year I had two evenings of bubbly tastings. We tasted the newest trends in the global wine market, Rosé of Malbec and Torrontes/Chardonnay from Argentina, Moscato from California, Moscato and Prosecco from Italy and even a Yellowtail from Australia.
It’s an easy and fun party. Just ask your friends to bring a bottle from whatever country they want, the imports are well under $20 and the quality is just fine. And, if you don’t like it straight, make sparkling cocktails or save it for the morning-after Mimosa or Bellini. A bartender that attended made us a classic cocktail with sparkling wine, sugar and bitters. Serve finger food and don’t worry about perfect pairings.
The winner was Reginato Sparkling Torrontes Chardonnay. It’s 80% Chardonnay, 20% Torrontes. The sweetness of the Torrontes really comes through.($17) They also make a pretty Rosé of Malbec.
Terramia Moscato was the runner up, pear-baked, vanilla custard, dark cherries and grapefruit. No flaws with a long dry finish.
One of my favorite Prosecco’s Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco (Folio Wine Partners, $12.99) is a great choice.
Allure Moscato won the prize for the prettiest bottle. It tastes like Maraschino cherries & grapefruit. Allure Pink Moscato is popular among the younger crowds.
New Year’s is a great time to just have fun and do something new. Enjoy!