National Bubbly Day is celebrated the first Saturday of June, making it the perfect opportunity to add some class to your glass.
So this June 6, pop the cork and check out these five sparkly sippers to get your bubbles.
If you are going to celebrate National Bubbly Day, you’ve got to toast to its founders. Freixenet Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine brand first kicked kicked of the celebration in 2017 but its even richer in history. The first bottle of Freixenet was released in 1914, the creation of a couple named Pedro Ferrer & Dolores Sala who were both from winemaking families.In 1889, Pedro Ferrer married Dolores Sala, whose family had been making wine at their Casa Sala property since 1861. Pedro’s nickname was “El Freixenet”, named after his family’s ranch “La Freixeneda”, which means ash tree grove in Catalan. Dolores’ keen interest in the winemaking process was easily complemented by Pedro’s business savvy and sense of community. Their marriage coincided with the arrival of the Phylloxera plague in Spain, which wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards. Far from being deterred, the couple replanted their decimated land with white varietals to make sparkling wine. In 1914, the first bottles were released with Pedro’s childhood nickname on the label. Freixenet had been born.
The Ferrer family continues to own and manage Freixenet today. Variations include the Cordon Negro Brut, Cordon Negro Extra Dry, Cordon Negro Sweet Cuveé, Cordon Negr Rosé, Carta Nevada Brut and Carta Nevada Semi Dry.
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It does get much cuter than Babe, the buzzy brand started by Josh Ostrovsky (aka The Fat Jewish) and Tanner and David Oliver Cohen, founders of White Girl Rose, all with bubbles. A favorite of model/actress Emily Ratajkowski’s, the on-the go cans in Babe Grigio, Babe Red and Babe Rosé flavors make for the perfect summer accessory.
Not a traditional bubbly fan? You can still get in on the fun! Jun Kombucha is classified as champagne of Kombucha, think of it as s a cousin of traditional Kombucha. It is crafted primarily with honey instead of cane sugar which produces a refreshing, delicate result, absent of a “vinegar” bite common in traditional Kombucha. The initial brew of sustainably sourced tea and honey along with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is infused with organic fruits, herbs and botanicals to create the signature smooth taste. And for those of you are are health conscious, Wild Tonic contains prebiotics, probiotics, amino acids and antioxidants, without any artificial flavorings or sulfites. Traditional Non-Alcoholic Jun Kombucha and the higher ABV, 5.6% Hard Kombucha in slim cans are both available in a variety of favors such as Raspberry Goji Rose, Blueberry Basil, Mango Ginger, Blackberry Mint, Tropical Turmeric and more.
Taste the rainbow! Since June is Pride Month, National Bubbly Day can be two celebrations in one. Barefoot Wines is celebrating the many milestones of the LGBTQ+ movement with their super cool Pride Packaging on their Brut Rosé and Rosé Spritzers.
This is what poppin bottles is all about. Blended wine in the best sense of the term, Pommery POP combines the three Champagne vines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape, affording roundness and fullness in the mouth. Pinot Meunier, to back up the pinot noir, adds that dash. Chardonnay, largely from the Grands Crus and the Reims vineyards, procures that pleasurable freshness. You can buy the champs by the standard size, of course, but we especially love the mini bottles to share with friends.