Wine experts have successfully persuaded American drinkers that white doesn't always go best with fish, and red doesn't always always go best with meat, but few celebrants are likely to concede that New Year's Eve doesn't go best with sparkling wine. The drink's festive effervescence and compatibility with rich foods make it the the ideal choice for the holiday.
But the bubbly doesn't have to come from Champagne. Here, a few of Seattle's top retailers present their picks for Washington sparklers, so your toast can help ensure that both you and the state's wine industry have a wonderful 2013.
Ascencio will be pouring Treveri's sparkling rose at a store tasting event this evening. "It is beautiful," she says. Treveri produces eight sparkling wines, but the rose - 85 percent Chardonnay and 15 percent Syrah - has won acclaim for its crisp acidity and citrus flavors, as appropriate for Yuletide as springtime.
Another Treveri fan, Reynolds is especially fond of the Yakima winery's "fantastic" Mueller-Thurgau, but most wine shops long ago sold their last bottles. He recommends the easier-to-find sparkling Pinot Gris, which he describes as "light and refreshing, with a hint of pear and apple on the nose."
Teer also likes Treveri, although his favorite sparkler in the line-up is the Blanc de Blanc Brut. "It is made in a dry, but not austere, style that emphasizes Washington's fresh fruit," he says. "It's crisp, but not as acidic as some sparklers, which is a nice feature when you are serving a crowd."
But if you're entertaining a crowd of two and want to splurge, Teer suggests Syncline's Blanc de Blanc from Celilo vineyard in the Columbia Gorge.
"It offers a pedigree that few in Washington do and a wine making approach that emphasizes this great vineyard," Teer says. "This wine shows fine bubbles, is very dry and offers a complexity that is unique among Washington sparklers."