With milestone events from graduations to weddings filling up the schedules of pretty much everyone I know, the sweet sounds of popping corks echos through backyard parties like ripples in a pool after a cannon ball. And why not? Refreshing, crisp and priced from very affordable to utterly indulgent, there is a fizz for every party and pocket.
Bubblies that put the fizz into any occasion
Company PicnicThink bubbles don’t fit the occasion? I disagree. Besides, what else would you use to toast the team’s fat new raise?
Low: Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio, California, $13
High: Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique Reserve Brut Sparkling 2007, Nova Scotia, $75 Barefoot Bubbly/Benjamin Bridge
Family ReunionCelebrate your clan with sparkling wine from the home country of your ancestors, as bubblies are produced in most wine making regions.
Low: Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava, Spain, $14
High: Henriot Souverain Brut Champagne, France, $60Segura Viudas/Henriot Souverain
GraduationFor once let’s swap out the beer suds for bubbly, a slightly more elegant way to mark a job well done.
Low: See Ya Later Ranch Brut, British Columbia, $20.95
High:Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne, France, $68 See Ya Later/Veuve Cliquot
ShowersElegant and pretty, these blushing bubblies are perfect for afternoon backyard parties, and pair well with pinwheel tea sandwiches and mini quiches.
Low: 13th Street Cuvée 13 Sparkling Brut Rosé, Ontario, $25
High: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé Champagne, France $5813th Street /Nicolas Feuillatte
VacationVacations are the very essence of celebrating all that’s good in life, so you may as well pop the cork on a little fizz to commemorate the rest and relaxation.
Low: Nino Franco Brut Prosecco, Italy, $20
High: Lallier Grande Réserve Grand Cru Champagne, France, $48 Nino Franco /Lallier
WeddingsWhile the lucky couple may want to honour guests with the best they can afford, footing the bill for 250 of their closest friends may mean Dom Perignon is out, and something more affordable is in.
Low: Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant de Bourgogne, France $19.95
High: Krug Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne, France $245Bailly Lapierre/Krug
AnniversariesCouples who manage to stick it out year after year, for better or worse, deserve a drink. Period.
Low: Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Ontario $29.95
High: Pol Roger Brut Champagne, France $61 Pol Roger/Jackson Triggs