Time to pop open some bottles and toast to a year of good company, good health and great vineyards. Champagne may get the most hype but there are plenty of other bubbly options that showcase a festive fizz even the pickiest connoisseurs find tasteful. I’ve searched the Island for the top restaurants serving sparkling wine that exudes success, luxury and celebration.
Novitá Wine Bar & Trattoria, Garden City
Nestled in the charming town of Garden City is a wine bar like you’ve never experienced before. Novitá is home to the largest wine preservation system on the East Coast, offering 100 different wines by the glass. This winter, try Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé, which is made with chardonnay, Glera (name for Prosecco grape) and Malbech. The pink sipper expresses floral fragrances lifted by white fruits and delicate notes of red berry fruits. It fares wonderfully with hot, spicy foods from the far east.
Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, Huntington
Honu is lauded for its Long Island location that has a Manhattan vibe. Maybe it’s the vaulted ceilings, large gleaming crystal chandeliers, elegant red drapes or mahogany bar. Any way you pour it, the Huntington eatery knows how to keep guests coming back for more. This season, opt for the Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG prepared with Glera grapes that make for a pleasantly fruity bouquet—reminiscent of apples and peach blossoms. It’s well-balanced flavor pairs perfectly with fish or cheese appetizers.
The LakeHouse Restaurant, Bay Shore
The eatery known for its high-end American cuisine and laid-back local vibe features bottles from Sparkling Pointe, the only Long Island winery committed to producing sparkling wine and only sparkling wine. The Brut has a bright golden color and boasts fresh aromas of lemon rind, delicious apple and ripe pear. Or order the Blanc de Blancs with floral aromas of tree blossoms with hints of green apple and melon.
Harvest on Fort Pond, Montauk
A sophisticated bar and lounge mixes up signature sparklers like Sekt, composed of subtle citrus, fruit notes and crisp, bright bubbles. Sekt’s palate cleansing effect also makes it the ideal companion for richer holiday dishes, like caviar blinis, goat cheese-stuffed dates and even sauce-laden roasts. P.S.: Germany has emerged as a major force in the world of sparkling wine, actually accounting for 31 percent of Germany’s total wine production.