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fizzmas: a bubbly for every ballad

jingle-bell-rock-vector-17921I listen to holiday songs all December long. I’m partial to jazz versions, although this season I’ve also been all about “Christmas in Hollis.” But there’s a version for every tune-taste out there, just like there’s a style of bubbly to match each song!

Jingle Bell Rock: fun and fizzy Prosecco, like LaLuca. Such a great value at $12 here, and the bottle makes it look like it’s way more expensive.

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas: Blanc de blancs Champagne (had a great Roederer one last night, $75). Blanc de blancs means it’s made with only white-grape Chardonnay, and tend to be a bit lighter and more ethereal than ones that also include Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Lambrusco which is red, and an oddball. I love the dry ones like 2013 Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara (about $15) and Donelli Lambrusco di Sorbara (whose bottle is designed by the late Ferrari racecar designer Sergio Scaglietti), $20.

Feliz Navidad: Cava, Spain’s sparkler of choice. It’s made in the same method as Champagne but with different grapes (mostly Macabeu, Parellada, and Xarello). The only producer I’ve really loved (so far at least) is Juve y Camps, which has entry-level bottles for $16 and a Gran Reserva from great vintages for $50.

All I Want for Christmas Is You: An awesome splurge bottle of bubbly, like vintage Dom Perignon ($150) which always impresses. Because great bottles are all you really want under the tree at this point.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas: Domestic sparkling wine. Domaine Carneros is my go-to ($32).

Christmas in Hollis: Sparkling Shiraz – it’s got some soul and heft to it. It’s weird to have bubbles in such a heavy red wine, but it actually works. I’ve only had one, the Black Bubbles ($20) that I wrote about last Fizzmas, but I really liked it.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Santa brings good gifts. And Crémant is sparkling wine’s gift to the world. It’s Champagne without the region – or the price tag. Try a rosé one like Gustave Lorentz Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé ($24.99) to be red and fully in the holiday spirit.

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