Your holidays should sparkle.
Begin with Thanksgiving, the most American of them, and try a sparkling wine with dinner. Enjoy it before and after, too. Here are a few choices, from two excellent producers.
Schramsberg Vineyards offers a range of delightful sparklers. The celebratory 2011 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs ($38) is all chardonnay, toasty and loaded with citrus and green apple; the 2011 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs ($40), 85 percent pinot noir, 15 percent chardonnay, is fuller, balanced and heady with cherry, tropical fruit, citrus and hazelnut. It will mature for years. The off-dry, aromatic 2010 Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec ($39) delivers delicacy plus candied fruits. Uncork it with dessert.
Ample fruit highlights the crisp, satisfying Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut ($26); red fruit and citrus, the refreshing, multifaceted Schramsberg Brut Rosé ($28).
From Domaine Chandon, the diverting and distinctive, Chandon Sparkling Red ($30) is made with pinot noir and zinfandel. It's full, fruity and versatile enough to drink from snacks to dessert on turkey day. Chandon Blanc de Noirs ($22) is more traditional, a creamy wine with suggestions of strawberry and cherry, and an all-purpose option, too. If you'd like a sweeter bubbly, sample Chandon Extra-Dry Riche ($22), which has hints of apricot and peach.
More ambitious are Chandon's elegant "étoile" wines. Chandon étoile Brut ($40) is a charmer with appley style; étoile Rosé ($50), a rich, focused, salmon-hued number, with berry and plum; and the exceptional Chandon étoile Tête de Cuvée ($80), concentrated, toasty, nutty, with spice and intense fruit.