The Best Champagne and Sparkling Wines for Mimosas
Legend has it that the mimosa was created at the Ritz Paris in 1925. Equal parts orange juice and champagne (or any type of sparkling wine), the result is the quintessential brunch cocktail. Not sure how to pick the perfect pairing for your Sunday morning sip? We've rounded up a few of our favorite sparkling options from around the globe that will make brunch—or anytime—a moment to celebrate.
Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore 2016
"Don't waste champagne on mimosas," says Steven McDonald, wine director at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston Galleria. "Use a high-quality cava or prosecco like Naveran Cava or Bisol Prosecco. The orange juice will cover up the nuance of the sparkling wine, but you'll be grateful for not choosing something that's going to cause a headache later in the afternoon."
Unlike cava and champagne, prosecco—from the Veneto region in Italy—is fermented in giant stainless-steel tanks. This "charmat" method results in bigger bubbles, and Zonin is known for its almond and citrus hints that make it an ideal choice for a mimosa.
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava
Cava is Spain's version of sparkling wine, and like champagne it goes through a second fermentation in the bottle. This one's fresh, light, clean, and crisp, and the price makes it catnip for the budget-conscious.
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva
Made in the traditional champagne method, this Spanish cava (grown on an estate dating back to the 11th century) is has a complexity and richness to rival any sparkler from across the French border and a price that will make your pocketbook very happy.
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut
For American sparkling wine, it doesn't get much better than Napa Valley's Schramsberg Vineyards. The style resembles its French counterpart, but the grapes are hand-harvested in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
Roederer Estate Brut (1.5 Liter Magnum)
For pouring up multiple glasses (because no one has ever had just one mimosa) a magnum is an elegant and tasty solution. The large bottling (equivalent to two standard bottles) saves on popping so many corks and is also a favorite among experts for the lower oxygen-to-wine-ration that helps keep the flavors crisp.
Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups Brut Tradition
While all champagne is French, not all French sparkling wine is champagne. For a deal you won't worry about cutting with orange juice, look to France's less lauded sparkling brethren, like this one from Loire which sports tropical fruit notes that will naturally bolster the flavor of your OJ.
Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut
Crémant refers to French sparkling wines made outside of the Champagne region, which, Morgan Harris, Head Sommelier at New York's Michelin-starred Aureole says, offer the "best quality-to-price ratio" for mimosas. Look for Brut or Extra-Brut (dry or extra-dry) options.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
"Although the flavor profile of a fresh, fruity style of bubbly—such as prosecco—makes the most sense to make a mimosa, I find that more traditional houses of champagne lend themselves to make great mimosas," says Master Sommelier Jack Mason. Veuve Clicquot is a good choice if want a classic champagne.
Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee
"Genuine Champagne for mimosas is considered sacrilegious by some, but I find it delightfully decadent," says Matt Deller, a master of wine and chief wine officer at Wine Access. With a champagne like this velvety bottle from the storied Bollinger champagne house, make sure that you're pairing with the very best, hand-squeeze orange juice.
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