Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut
In the Loire Valley, Chenin Blanc is an incredibly versatile grape, producing dry whites and a whole range of semi-sweet to luscious sweet wines. Producers there also use it to make a sparkling wine. The nonvintage brut from Domaine Huet, one of the region's great Vouvray producers, is a wine that can take you through the holidays from a toast at the Thanksgiving table through Christmas and New Year's. And it's considerably less expensive than a Champagne of equivalent quality.
Huet's Pétillant Brut is crisp and minerally yet has a lovely bouquet of flowers, ripe pear and sweet spices. The bubbles are small and perfect. It's a terrific bottle to keep on hand for any occasion.
Pop the cork for an apéritif, or serve it with a seafood platter, kumamoto oysters or a steamed lobster.
—S. Irene Virbila
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Region: Loire Valley, France
Price: $20 to $25
Style: Crisp and nuanced
What it goes with: Seafood, holiday partying
Where to find it: Liquid Wine & Spirits in Chatsworth, (818) 709-5019, http://www.liquidpartyworks.com; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena (626) 794-7026, http://www.missionwineandspirits.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.