For those who spend hours over a bewildering selection of wines puzzling over what to pair with a meal, wine blogger Gabriel Geller has a simple solution: go bubbly.
With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, now is an excellent time to explore the sparkling wine repertory. After all, what’s a New Year’s celebration without the pop of a cork? “Dry sparkling wines can match almost anything salty or savory,” says Geller, a wine critic, consultant, and Royal Wine Corporation executive.
Whether you’re serving an elegant veal roast, a garlicky pan-seared halibut, a vegetarian feast, or a roast chicken with simple sides, sparkling wine is the answer. And while an effervescent sip makes any occasion more festive, there’s no reason to shy away from it for everyday use.
“We do not talk enough about bubbly and we certainly do not drink enough of it, either,” Geller says. A shame, because sparkling wines are probably the most food-friendly wines around, and many are modestly priced.
Geller recently shared his thoughts on this often misunderstood wine category and made suggestions for taking the plunge, starting with the king of bubbly – Champagne.
“Drinking Champagne and other Champagne method wines is meant to be an experience,” he explains. “The shape of the bottle, the fancy label and the foil, the entire package is making a statement: ‘You are in for a special treat.” Even the Champagne flute carries an air of mystique. “Its long, narrow shape preserves the bubbles, which seem to dance while ascending from the bottom of the glass.”
One of the most famous Champagne houses is Drappier, proclaimed by President Charles de Gaulle in 1958 as the official Champagne of the Elysée Palace. Drappier produces a kosher run of Carte d’Or, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that brings to mind baked apples, pears, ginger, and yeast. Its medium bubbles and refreshing acidity make it a great foil for any meat or fish dish, from deep-fried chicken to sushi.
Moscato wines have a variety of sparkling personalities. They can be slightly frizzante or as big-bubbled as Champagne or Prosecco. Geller praises Carmel Winery’s Moscato di Carmel, part of the label’s Selected series of quality, entry-level offerings from Israel’s largest winery. He describes its light, “fun yet balanced” bubbles that make for a pleasant wine. Moscato di Carmel features sweet and fruity flavors like lemon, peach, and apricot. “Neither thick and cloying nor high in alcohol, it is a nice quaffer to drink chilled. It’s a really good match with sweet honey apple cake,” he adds, making this Inexpensive and delicious wine an obvious choice for Rosh Hashanah.
This Rosh Hashanah – and beyond – invite the sparkling wine family. Champagne, Moscato, Cava, Prosecco, Lambrusco, and other bubbly guests are the life of the party!
About The Royal Wine Corporation: Founded in 1848, Bayonne, NJ-based Royal Wine Corp. is the leading producer, importer and distributor of kosher wines and spirits. It offers more than 300 brandsfrom nearly every significant wine producing region in the world including California, France, Italy and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand and Argentina.
Additionally, Royal Wine Corp. imports, produces and distributes spirits and liqueurs including many sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas, vodkas, and hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs.
The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York and Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California.