We survived Christmas, and 2014, now what is the best way to ring in 2015 with style and deliciousness? Bubbles! Great bubbles. This morning I shared a few favorites with the ladies of The Broadcast, as well as a few interesting and tasty cocktails from Pisco Porton. Each will be sure to please any party guest, and start a new year off with a tasty bang! Happy 2015!!!
Domaine Chandon Delice – A brand new product from Napa Valley’s Domaine Chandon, slightly sweet, fruit filled and creamy, Delice is the ideal bubbly to start an evening, either on its own or as the base for festive cocktails, to pair with spicy Thai, Indian or Asian cuisine, or to finish off the night with paired with crème brulee or creamy cheese and fruit. Made from Pinot Noir and Pinot Munier from Chandon’s sustainably farmed estate and aged 12 months on the yeasts, a tasty addition to the Chandon portfolio. $18 at Total Wine and More.
Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut – On the opposite spectrum is Domaine Carneros Ultra Brut Sparkling Wine. Made with a zero dosage, or sugar, style in the traditional method this bubble is very crisp, very dry, and very delicious. Vibrant and fresh, allowing the citrus, apple and tropical fruit notes of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend to shine. Perfect to enjoy with a first dinner course of shellfish and oysters. $39 via their website.
Moet Grande Vintage 2006 Reserve – Vintage Champagne from the heart of France, aged five years in bottle on the yeasts creating a very complex, well rounded, creamy and dry bubbly. Initially filled with layers of stone fruit (peach and apricot) with melon, banana and white flowers, leading to rich notes of lemon cream, banana pie and toasted brioche, this elegant Champagne will please any guest at your holiday gathering. $85 at Spec’s
Beau Joie Rose Brut – Packaged to honor Knights of Medieval times that protected French land, Beau Joie is one of the prettiest bottles, and one of the tastiest. Fresh, balanced and elegant, the Brut Rose is filled with juicy citrus, watermelon and red berry, leading to a long, lengthy palate filled with strawberries and cream and fresh lemon. $111 at Spec’s
Pisco Porton – If you are looking for a cocktail, create a Peruvian classic from its most beloved spirit, Pisco. Made from a blend of 8 different grape varieties, distilled in traditional methods that date back almost 400 years. Pisco Porton is a super premium Pisco, created from the highest quality fruit in the oldest distillery in the Americas. Complex, rich and robust, with a flavor all its own that is both creamy and intense, yet light and elegant. A delicious addition to cocktails instead of vodka or gin. $38 at most major liquor stores.
3 ounces Pisco Porton
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lime juice (key lime juice is best if you can get it.)
1 egg white
Angostura bitters – 2 dashes
Preparation: Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker and shake until the egg white becomes very frothy. Strain into a coup or martini glass and enjoy.
1 ½ oz Portón
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz orange liqueur
½ oz simple syrup
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker ¾ full of ice and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and a sprig of fresh mint.