At what temperature to serve? Do you always have to use a flute? And can you try it at the table without limits? We give you the answers and suggest a selection of labels to enter the new year with the right hand.
More and more we advocate that sparkling wines should be drunk all year round, solo or with meals, and this is true: it is one of the most versatile types of wine we have, possible to harmonize with starters, appetizers, main courses and desserts. But the fact is that tradition dictates that there should be bubbles on special occasions, and there's something about the sound of a cork popping out of a bottle - and the foam popping back in - that makes them even more perfect for celebrating.
As for rules, it's not mandatory to serve sparkling wine in a flute, especially when you're dealing with more complex and ambitious wines, which will benefit from a larger, wider glass, such as white or even red. This way, the bubble will expand more beautifully, and the aromas will be more noticeable.
In most cases, sparkling wine should be served between 6 and 8ºC. When there is no temperature indicator or thermometer, it is better to "sin" by excess when it comes to cold, as the heating in the glass happens very quickly anywhere inside.
Casa da Atela Sparkling Chardonnay Reserva White 2020
Quinta da Atela
Another sparkling wine from the Tagus, proving that the region is also starting to give cards in this type of wine. Quinta da Atela, in Alpiarça, dates back to 1346 and today its main activity is wine production, with 130 hectares of vineyards, of the total 580. The sparkling Chardonnay Reserva brings floral and stone fruits like apricot, also suggesting fragrant apple and an omnipresent vegetable touch. In the mouth it is alive and crackling, with high acidity.