Sparkling wines from Spain are known as Cavas, from the Catalan word for cave, or cellar. While they are inspired by French champagne and made with the same technique, Cavas are a less complex wine. Lemony and earthy, the wine has less froth than Champagne. Cindy Trahan, wine manager at Champagne's Market, recommends the renowned Segura Viudas Heredad, a Cavas that is creamy and spicy. The custom-made bottle labeled with metal crests and a carved metal base is a find at $20. The Montsarra Cava, $14 from Village Market in River Ranch, is a good buy for the money, with nice citrus notes in a crisp dry wine.
Two of Italy's contributions to the world of bubbly are Prosecco from the Veneto region, and Moscato d'Asti, from the Piedmont, where it is tradition to drink a glass of the young wine at Christmas. Both are fruity wines, delicately sweet and light. Philippe Simon, owner of Philippe's Wine Cellar suggests I Vignaioli Di Santo Stefano, a $19 Moscato in an unusual tall bottle. The De Faveri Prosecco, $16, is a favorite of the ladies of Desperate Housewives as well as the Venetians, who consider it civilized to drink as a pick-me-up in mid-afternoon.
One of the standout sparklers from California is J, $33, from the Russian River Valley. Trahan, Pam Daigle at Village Market, and Pete Stevens from Marcello's Wine Market all recommend J, which they say is in a class with French Champagne. Crisp and toasty, this wine creates events all by itself. A personal favorite, Schramsberg Blanc de Noir, $32, has the heavenly scent of pears. No matter which wine you choose for New Year's Eve, all of them explode with an unmistakable pop ' the sound of celebration.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Women sue over sperm mix-up; Romney on campaign trail; Ebola patient was released from hospital and more national and international news for Thursday, October 02, 2014.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
Two bedroom town home or three bedroom contemporary home
Let the party begin
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
Rachel Hector returns home to cultivate a generation of yoga instructors.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
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Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
Four bedroom cottage or four bedroom traditional
Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
Statement pieces for the season
The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.