The holidays are all about celebration and there’s nothing that gets the party started like popping a bottle of Champagne or even sparkling sake. Now is the perfect time to stock up on a few bottles for dinner parties, last minute gifts, and of course, New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking for something truly special and unique, then look no further. We’ve created a list of our favorite sparkling libations, currently available at RŌNIN.
Bunraku Arroz Junmai Daigingo Sparkling
This sparkling sake is produced by Bunraku is Saitama Prefecture. It has the elegance and delicate features of a Junmai Daiginjo with the vinous nature of Champagne. Produced using the traditional Champagne method, this sake is bright, fresh, and the perfect sparkler to ring in the New Year.
Daishinshu Junmai Gingo Nigori Nama Sparkling
Also produced using the Champagne method, this sparkling sake is non-disgorged, meaning that the sediment left over after fermentation remains in the bottle (bringing texture and body). For sake lovers, this bottle has the familiar taste of a dry Nigori (cloudy) sake but for Champagne lovers, it has a rich mousse, earthy undertones, and is the ideal bridge from the wine world to the sake world.
Artéis & Co. Brut 2002
Artéis & Co. only releases vintage Champagne at boutique, non-vintage prices. This Brut 2002, has been aging on its lees for 13 years before finally being disgorged in 2015. It’s aged for an extra 2 years in the Artéis cellars and the result is the perfect food pairing Champagne that is rich in umami but balanced in acidity.
This bottle is a special collaboration that’s produced at Jean Diot in Moussy, not far from Epernay in Champagne. A sparkling white wine made exclusively from black grapes, this Blanc de Noirs has bright red raspberry and cherry notes. It has a precision on the palate that’s evocative of the Jean Diot style and the unique complexity that Artéis is known for.