If there were such a thing as seasons for wines, December would be Champagne and sparkling wine season. Because of the Christmas and New Year holidays, far more Champagne and sparkling wine is sold during the month of December than any other month.
Champagne is great, but it comes with a price premium and may not fit into everyone’s budget, especially for gatherings. For those looking for a good sparkling wine substitute, De Chanceny makes excellent options that will cost less than half of what Champagne costs.
Made in the Loire Valley of France using the same production method as Champagne, De Chanceny offers both Brut and Brut Rosé. The pink colour of the Brut Rosé adds a festive element to holiday gatherings and pairs well with the meals that are typically served at such occasions. It’s also dry and light, making it perfect as an aperitif.
The Brut Rosé is made entirely from Cabernet Franc grapes and presents aromas of red berries and brioche with floral undertones.
Serve this versatile sparkler at a cocktail party with mixed canapés; at a holiday breakfast with smoked salmon or eggs Benedict; at lunch with a goat’s cheese salad or shrimp cocktails; at a dinner with poultry or sushi; or even for dessert with berries or a hard cheese.
Available at West Indies Wine Company for CI$22.99.