It’s amazing what shows up under the tree this time of year. Even a bottle of (the eloquent, nutty, dry, oozingly charming) Veuve. But for those of us who have more realistic wine budgets, I’m always on the lookout for something a little bit, how shall I put it, pocket-book friendly.
We pitted Natalie MacLean’s pick, the boisterous, fruity, and ridiculously effervescent Kim Craword against the dryer, simpler and maybe more satisfying Tasmanian Jansz. The sparkling Pinot we discovered in the summer trumps both of these, but at the price point I could recommend either as a cocktail mixer or, on their own, I’d prefer the Jansz, with its aromas of berries, a hint of hazelnut and a long lemony finish. And boy would I like Marquis or Liberty or even BC Liquor to ship in some of their late disgorged or myriad other sparklers, not just the base model.
The Kim Crawford is actually a vintage fizz and we had higher expectations. It was more on the “fun” side than the serious side, but which is sillier, KC calling their bubble Fizz or Jansz saying they make Méthode Tasmenoise?
Price: Jansz is $28 before the extras, Kim Crawford, $30 before all the rest.
Market Liquidity: Brilliant. Both. (There are no bad reviews of sparkling allowed in the holiday season.)