Much as I love sparkling wines, I donít usually drink them at dawn. This Saturday will be an exception: the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Itís going to be decades before young royals George, Charlotte and Louis walk down the aisle, so fans of all that British pomp and circumstance wonít have another wedding like this to celebrate for a while.
A toast, therefore, is in order. It would be fun to drink what the Windsors are drinking at the wedding dinner, but my guess is it will be French and cost about as much per bottle as your house payment.
Iím going with a more moderately priced California sparkler, in a nod to Markleís native state (and my nonroyal budget). Itís made in northern California by a French house, and it has the perfect name: Mumm Napa Cuvťe M (for Meghan Markle, and marriage, and monarchy).
Mumm Napa makes a whole range of sparklers; for Cuvťe M, widely available at about $17, look for the bottle with the elegant, modern navy blue label.
Pop the cork (one of my favorite sounds) and pour a glass of this peachy-gold wine, full of tiny, lively bubbles and sending up an aroma of freshly baked bread and peaches.
Juicy ripe peaches are the leading flavor when you take a sip, along with clementine, raspberry and yeast. Add in notes of honey and vanilla and a creamy texture, and Cuvťe M almost tastes like breakfast all by itself. The long finish has just a touch of stone.
This sparkler would pair beautifully with all sorts of food, but if weíre toasting the happy couple over breakfast here on our side of the pond, Iím thinking lemon ricotta pancakes, or maybe eggs scrambled with fresh chives and served with an almond croissant.
Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer