The Holiday Season calls for sparkling wine! Of course, bubbles are the go-to pour for dinners, and the big toast on New Year’s Eve, but there’s nothing like festive sparkling wine cocktails for the holidays.
As a small, sibling-owned winery, Cultivar Wine cherishes the times when our family can be together, and we’ve been proud to have our wines be a part of Holiday celebrations. We’re honored that the sparkling wine we crafted, The Cultivar Wine Blanc de Noirs, Coombsville, Napa Valley, has become a favorite for the Holidays.
To create our very first sparkling wine, we sourced pinot noir from vines planted in the early 1960s in Coombsville, a beautiful sub-appellation on the southern tip of Napa cooled by the San Pablo Bay. We crafted this sparkling wine from 100% pinot noir using traditional champagne production methods. It was aged on yeast for two years and then spent another year aging in the bottle.
The result? A delightful, fine-bubbled sparkler that embraces its pinot noir heritage. The woodsy notes of earth, mushroom, and fresh-baked bread mingle with subtle tones of rosemary, maple, and elderberry to create a wine with distinct character. We believe this makes our sparkling wine not only perfect for parties, toasts, and celebrations, but to pair with your holiday entrees as well.
In fact, a great sparkling wine may be the most versatile wine for the Holidays. Hearty, winter dishes call for a wine with enough brightness and acid to cleanse the palate, yet be light enough to enjoy through the whole meal and the whole evening. Sparkling wine is perfect for this and makes a great accompaniment to turkey, chicken, and crab (it’s crab season!) along with a wide assortment of side dishes.
But perhaps best of all, sparkling wine can be the foundation of some festive and delicious Holiday cocktails! Here are four sparkling wine cocktails for the Holidays that will help you create the perfect celebration:
We love the color and effervescent charm of this modern twist on a classic champagne cocktail:
Rub half the rim of 4 stemmed glasses (preferably coupe glasses) with a lemon slice and dip into sanding sugar, if using. Chill glasses until ready to use.
Combine crème de violette, clementine juice, lemon juice, and gin in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared glasses, top off with Cultivar Blanc de Noirs, and garnish with a lemon twist, if using.
Sweet & savory mingle with this one, and it’s perfect with our Caspar Estate Wildflower Honey.
• 2 oz. golden rum
• 1/2 oz. lime juice
• 1 tsp. Caspar Estate honey
• 5 oz. Cultivar Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine
Mix rum, lime juice, and honey thoroughly with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then pour unstrained into a Collins glass. Fill with Cultivar Wine Blanc de Noirs.
Rosemary simple syrup brings out the woodsy & herbaceous notes of the pinot noir grapes in this delicious recipe.
• 1 tbl. Rosemary Simple Syrup
• 3 oz. gin
• 3 oz. grapefruit juice
Make the simple syrup by combining ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water and a small bunch or rosemary in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and then let cool. Combine a tablespoon of syrup, the gin and grapefruit juice and stir. Top with Cultivar Wine Blanc de Noirs and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
Cognac, Grand Marnier and Cultivar Blanc de Noirs? Now that’s a Holiday cocktail!
• 1/2 oz. cognac
• 1 tsp. Grand Marnier
• 4 oz. sparkling wine
Pour cognac (or another brandy) and Grand Marnier into a champagne flute. Top up with Cultivar Wine Blanc de Noirs.
However you choose to celebrate, we hope you’re able to do so with family, friends, and loved ones, and that your New Year is happy, safe, and joyous. Remember, if you’re ordering Cultivar’s Sparkling Wine for the holidays, the deadline to ship is December 20th.
Photo credits, by order: Bob McClenahan, Quinten Rude, Nora Schlesinger, ioan-f, Kat Boytskova