By Clare Goggin Sivits
When you've got it, flaunt it! And there's no better way to flaunt it than with a fine bottle of bubbly.
Sparkling wine is still one of the best ways to celebrate. The word "congratulations" goes perfectly with the sound of a cork popping. So it should come as no surprise that this is one of the most popular wine categories in the People's Voice Wine Awards, which are hand-picked by average wine lovers, not critics.
After three weeks of voting, some interesting early front runners have pulled out to lead in the over 80 categories of wines. The luxury sparkling wine category, in particular, has an interesting group of leaders. Let's take a look at the top five luxury sparklers:
It's no surprise that a vast majority of the top five come from the world's most famous sparkling wine region: Champagne, France. Number five on this list is no exception. Charles Heidsieck's Brüt is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Flavors of fresh fruit, including apples and even a hint of darker fruits, combine with a bit of bready yeast notes to create a beverage worth savoring. Pairing Suggestion: Chickpea and Mint Crostini Photo courtesy of daryl_mitchell via Flickr/CC
A sparkling Chardonnay, this bubbly is cultivated and created with care in California's Napa Valley. Floral aromas lead into white fruit and ginger flavors. Some drinkers even note hints of toasted nuts that come with aging. Pairing Suggestion: Lemon Risotto with Tempeh Rice Photo courtesy of sbest2048 via Flickr/CC
Another from Champagne, France, Billecart-Salmon's Brüt Rosé offers a bit of a twist on the typical bubbly with it's rosé tint. The blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier along with a production method kept secret by the winery for generations are responsible for the wine's hue and the elegant raspberry flavors. Pairing Suggestion: Millet and Cheddar Polenta with Roasted Vegetables Photo courtesy of ExperienceLA via Flickr/CC
Another beautiful selection from Champagne, France, Veuve Clicquot is also blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The wine delivers a combination of fruity and floral flavors resulting in a refreshing wine experience. Pairing Suggestion: Cheesecake Tarts Photo courtesy of imgdive via Flickr/CC
Taking the lead with a decent percentage of the votes, this bubbly is another example of the beautiful sparkling wine produced in Champagne, France. Once again, the blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier blend to produce this complex and elegant Champagne. Flavors of ginger, jasmine and citrus fruits complement accents of biscuity yeast, a result of barrel aging. Pairing Suggestion: Saffron-Scented Couscous with Pine Nuts Photo courtesy of yamataka via Flickr/CC
Do you agree with this top 5? If not, there's still time for you to vote or nominate your favorite if you don't see it on the list! For more wine news and reviews, visit Snooth.com You may also like: - Riesling Round Up - Bucket List Wines: California - Super Expensive Wines You Must Try
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