Time for tiny bubbles again. But if you’re relegating sparkling wines to a quick
toast at the start of the evening or a prolonged one at the stroke of midnight,
you’re doing it all wrong. The sheer diversity of champagne styles gives you
endless options when it comes to food.
That’s hardly limited to
champagne, by the way. Great sparklers come from around the globe, including
We searched out the best and the brightest that wine importers
are offering this year, and we must say it was an impressive flight across the
Last week our wine columnist Adam Montefiore wrote about local
sparkling wines as we do every year at this time. This week, we focus on a
selection of imported non-kosher wines. So choose your favorite bubbles and
don’t settle for inferior so-called cavas. For a very happy New Year, get the
best wine you can afford and have a ball.
Moët & Chandon Imperial
The house of Moët & Chandon, which has been producing champagne since
1743, was one of the world’s first international brands.
Today, it is
still one of the most recognizable brands of champagne, synonymous with the most
The house’s iconic champagne embodies Moët &
Chandon’s unique style by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and
elegant maturity. Moët Impérial can be served throughout the meal, from aperitif
to dessert. NIS 219.
For a very special event and an unforgettable
experience, try one of the Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection imported
to Israel. NIS 449 to NIS 649
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
founded in 1772, played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored
drink of the haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. The Brut Yellow
Label reflects the superb vineyards owned by the house and the consistent nature
of its style, with a predominance of Pinot Noir, a touch of Pinot Meunier and
Chardonnay, which adds the elegance and finesse. The Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow
Label is a favorite of our family and is saved for very special occasions. NIS
390 to NIS 439.
Denois Chardonnay Extra Brut
Jean-Louis Denois’s Extra
Brut Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs is produced exclusively from Chardonnay. It has
spent four years sur lattes
(in bottles prior to disgorging), which is the
reason for its depth and length (autolysis). It is a unique and remarkable
alternative – not just to champagne but the best champagnes Blanc de
Look for more sparkling bargains at
Peter Jakob Kuhn Riesling Sekt Brut 2011
Great sparkling wines made according to the classic method (or methode
champenoise) are made outside France.
Such is this Riesling Sekt
(sparkling) Brut, available to registeredmembers of the Giaconda Club
). A very dry wine, it has been called “outrageous,
grandiose and amazingly classy.” Other sparkling wines offered to members
include Rebholz Pinot Noir Brut 2006 (NIS 195) and French Huet Vouvray Petillant
Brut 2007 (NIS 140). Wine tastings, wine tours and workshops are held
periodically for members at select restaurants.
Call 052-663-6638 for
Vilarnau Brut Reserve
Deliciously crisp and refreshing with
a lively persistent mousse, this great value cava from Vilarnau, Spain, is
definitely worth seeking out.
Vilarnau Cava has subtle notes of brioche,
fresh bread, apples and citrus aromas with notes of spice and a gentle earthy
minerality and a nice minerally finish. Pale straw color, with medium-size
bubbles. NIS 89
Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs
Domaine Ste. Michelle wines
are made in Washington State’s acclaimed Columbia Valley, using the champagne
The grapes ripen slowly and are ideally balanced with fruit
character and crisp acidity.
Blanc de Blancs is made primarily from
Chardonnay. A very good value at NIS 70.
Tommasi Tentura Filodora Proseco
Made from 100% Glera, this wine is a light straw yellow that is elegant,
clean and spicy, with hints of acacia and wisteria flowers on the nose.
Pleasantly intense, dry, easy to drink, with a light almond finish. NIS 75
Alfredo Prunotto Moscato d’Asti
For those looking for sweeter wine that is light
in alcohol (5.5%), this wine from Piedmont is modern without being exaggerated.
It has typical Moscato characteristics on the nose, with a gentle sparkle and a
delicate sweetness lifting aromas of fresh grapes and spring
Delicious with fruit and dessert. NIS 78.