Wine for your weekend – Everyday bubbly

I don’t pick up sparkling wine a lot, but there are some occasions that just call for a glass of bubbly! I like a sparkling wine with appetizers. I like a sparkling wine with brunch (you know, mimosa style!). I like a sparkling wine as a dessert wine or nightcap. And I like a sparkling wine when a life moment dictates the need to celebrate, especially midweek! It feels a little bit posh and fancy to pop open champagne or asti on a random Tuesday night! Don’t believe me? Try it! You’ll feel swanky!

If you want to feel really swanky and have the money to afford to do so, really expensive champagne is the ultimate indulgence. In fact, I once read a life hack that suggested you should always keep a nice bottle of champagne on hand in the event that you or a friend has a reason for an impromptu celebration. Expensive champagne is not an indulgence I’ve personally ever partaken in, and I’m particularly bad at keeping sparkling wine on hand (it’s also difficult to store correctly). Therefore, it’s much more important to me that I have an affordable, widely distributed, and well-liked option that I can grab from my local liquor store on the fly as occasion calls for it! Better yet, I’d like to grab one of the options provided in the chilled wine cooler so that it’s ready to go immediately on pickup!

Such was the case recently as our own personal circumstances called for a midweek bottle of bubbly. I think Josh thought I was kidding when I suggested I was going to stop and grab a bottle of champagne on my way home midweek to pair with our five-day old leftovers. But it’s not every day that you pay off your mortgage, and as it will be a shortlived celebration given the mortgage we’ll take on when we move into the new house come spring, it seemed to warrant at least a toast and swallow of bubbly!

Cupcake ProseccoThe bottle of choice for this weekend and our own celebration is not expensive or even champagne at all for that matter. Cupcake Prosecco is a perfect, reasonably priced, well rounded, and approachable sparkling choice for those toastable moments! Juicier and fruitier than a dry asti, but not as sweet as a sparkling Moscato, this prosecco is well-balanced with notes of honey and melon that are fruity without being overpowering or “sugary.” It also has the right amount of sparkle with carbonation that is very present but not overpowering on the palette outshining the flavors of the wine.

As a mixer, say for mimosas, the flavor of the wine would definitely play second fiddle to the sweetness and fruitiness of the juice. So if you’re looking for something to add the sparkle and booziness while not drawing attention to itself, this is a great choice. If you want something that’s going to remain a strong flavor within your overall cocktail, something with a bolder fruit profile, a sparkling Moscato perhaps, maybe a better option.

At just $8, Cupcake Prosecco is an affordable and widely available option for your celebrations formal and spontaneous.

And is there really any better time for a spontaneous celebration than this weekend?


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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