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Wines of the week: Sparklers for holiday mimosas

Adding even more sparkle to Christmas morning is easy if you whip up a batch of mimosas, that purely delightful combination of fresh orange juice and sparkling wine that is a treat with coffee cake while opening presents or to accompany a family-and-friends brunch. Value-priced sparklers are the way to go.

One of the classic mimosa sparklers is prosecco from Italy, and Zonin Prosecco, with its lively snap of lemon and bountiful bubbles, suits this festive drink perfectly. Traces of toast and almond complement the citrus. It is widely available on supermarket shelves and at big-box stores in the $10 range.

Spain's cavas also are good candidates for adding the sparkle. A particularly fine choice, available at one local big-box chain for about $11, is Dominio de la Peseta Cava, a wine with mouth-filling lemon zing and lots of pop. Side notes of vanilla and pear add to the fun.

If you prefer a slightly sweeter mimosa, Washington state's reliable and widely available Domaine Ste. Michelle Extra Dry is the sparkler for you. It is creamy and lush with the flavors of pear and pineapple plus a generous helping of the requisite bubbles. At supermarkets and big-box stores, it sells in the $8 to $10 range.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.

Wines of the week: Sparklers for holiday mimosas 12/18/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:31pm]
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