Sparkling wine is simply one of the most food-friendly wine styles that exists. But effervescent wines are too often relegated to ringing in the new year. There is a whole wide world of sparkling wines—from Spain and the United States to Australia and beyond—that are fit for absolutely any occasion.
For fans of citrus and crispness, Spanish Cava and Italian Franciacorta are bright wines of intensity that pair perfectly with oysters, grilled veggies, and soft cheeses. These thirst-quenching sparklers are made in the Champagne method and highlight the terroir of their respective regions.
Italy is also the source of the beloved Prosecco sparkling wine. Produced using the less time-intensive charmat method, Prosecco offers a fresh-and-juicy-fruited immediacy that works wonders with spicy Indian dishes.
Meanwhile, French Crémants from Vouvray, Jura, and Alsace marry chalk-laden minerality with rich textures and bold brioche flavors. These substantial sparkling wines are dense and complex—oftentimes beating true Champagne at its own game. Mushroom risotto, roast duck, and salmon niçoise are all excellent pairings. And to expand your savory sparkler repertoire even further, explore German sekt or South African brut sparklers.