Our favorite thing about the holidays? It’s an excuse to make everything festive, from dinner to dessert to decor. We also love any occasion that allows us to kick back with a seasonal sipper that instantly puts us in a cheery mood. So we consulted Katie Morton, wine director of Vini e Fritti and Marta in New York City (and expert in all things sparkling), for her favorite seasonal bottles to try this year.
Cleto Chiarli ‘Vecchia Modena’ Lambrusco NV
Sip this dark red bubbly while you’re cooking dinner. From Emilia-Romagna—the region of Italy that’s also responsible for Bolognese, our favorite red sauce—the aperitif is tasty enough to convince even your most stubborn, beer-loving uncle to try sparkling wine.
Patrick BOTTEX ‘LA CUEILLE’ Bugey-Cerdon Rosé NV
Meet the perfect after-dinner sparkling wine. Slightly sweet and spritzy, refreshing and only 8 percent alcohol, this pink-hued wine is just what your guests need when they think they couldn’t possibly eat another bite. It's basically the French version of Brachetto.
Castel Noarna Marco Zani ‘Blanc de Blancs’ Trentino-Alto Adige 2013
This Italian producer makes sparkling Chardonnay using the same production method as Champagne. The results? Cascading bubbles and complex layers of flavor that pair perfectly with stuffing, caramelized onions or roasted mushrooms.
Giovanni Menti ‘Roncaie sui Lieviti’ Veneto 2016
Take a sip and you might wonder, Is it cider? Sour beer? Wine? The funky organic white wine tastes like preserved lemon—which makes it outstanding with rich, salty foods. Fried turkey, anyone?
Caves de Cooperatives Donnas Nebbiolo, Valle d’ Aosta 2014
Grown at a high elevation, this alpine wine is light and extremely easy to toss back. A nice balance of fruit and earth, it’s delicious with roasts of all kinds (bonus points if they're doused in gravy).
WIND GAP ‘SOIF,’ NORTH COAST, California 2015
Made in the style of Beaujolais, this red blend will certainly quench your soif (thirst, in French). Serve it chilled to get the most of its lively personality, and don’t be scared to toss back the bottle—or two.
Ettore Germano ’Rosanna’ Rosé Piemonte 2014
This fantastic sparkler is from Piedmont, Italy, a region that’s obsessed with its bubbly. You’ll adore its gorgeous pale pink color and its dry minerality (almost like a lighter rosé Champagne). Serve it with cranberry sauce and holiday cookies to make it truly pop.