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
Loire Valley, France
$20 to $25
Crisp and nuanced
What it goes with:
Seafood, holiday partying
Where to find it: Liquid Wine & Spirits in
, (818) 709-5019,
Mission Wine & Spirits in
the Wine House in
Wine Co. in Woodland Hills (818) 222-1111,