Hi friends! Today we’re talking about holiday entertaining with Freixenet Sparkling Wines and I’m sharing an easy Cranberry Cuvée recipe that is perfect for this holiday season. Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”), best known for its “black bottle bubbly” Cordon Negro, is a family-owned company that grew from humble beginnings in rural Catalunya. Their roots stretch back to 1861 and are embedded in the history of two longstanding winemaking families, the Ferrers and the Salas, whose expertise, determination and ingenuity intertwined to form the foundation of the company that today is the world leader in méthode champenoise sparkling wines.
While Freixenet may be the largest maker of traditional method sparkling wine, quality remains their number one objective. They focus solely on méthode champenoise wines, and continually innovate and invest in the latest winemaking technology to ensure a consistent, excellent product. The proof, as they say, is in the bottle: today, the most often popped corks in the world say “Freixenet.”
Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s most popular cava, often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly.” It is the #1 imported sparkling wine in the world and still ideal for any occasion. Cordon Negro Brut is crisp, clean, and well balanced. It is medium-bodied with a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus flavors with a moderately long finish and a crisp touch of ginger. This wine is extremely versatile and pairs well with most foods, including spicy cuisine.
Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvée is the first line extension of our Black Bottle Bubblies in 20 years – something that Freixenet is very excited about! This sparkling wine is for those that enjoy the sweeter things in life. On the palate it’s fruity with ripe summer peaches, and tropical fruit, culminating in a long, silky sweet finish. It pairs well with crème brûlée and other desserts. This sweet sparkler pairs well with a variety of dishes and cuisine, ranging from tried and true pairings like oysters, seafood, and desserts, to more surprising pairings like spicy foods, pizza, and popcorn.
All of this makes Freixenet my choice for holiday entertaining this year! Whether it’s a holiday brunch or evening soiree, Freixenet’s range of sparkling wines has you covered! I took what Freixenet believes is the “best brunch wine” out there, the Sweet Cuvée and added a little tangy cranberry simple syrup to make a Cranberry Cuvée, perfect for serving at your holiday parties! The recipe is simple:
- Freixenet Sweet Cuvée
- 1 1/2 cup cranberries frozen or fresh
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Simply place cranberries, water, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until cranberries are falling apart,about 15 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl until the syrup has cooled and refrigerate for one hour before using.
- Once syrup has chilled, add to wine pitcher or carafe (approx 2 TBSP) and cover with chilled Freixenet Sweet Cuvée and serve.
Freixenet Sparkling Wines are delicious on their own, but adding a little something for holiday entertaining is always fun, right? So head out this holiday season and grab this “black bottle bubbly”! Freixenet is widely available nationwide in restaurants, wine stores and grocery stores as common as Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Publix.
Who says the holidays are the only time for bubbles? Make it your resolution to sparkle 365 days of the year with Freixenet cavas. Our sparkling wines come in a variety of different styles to suit any moment or mood. Cordon Negro Brut, our classic Black Bottle Bubbly, is great as an aperitif before a night out on the town or at home with takeout pizza. Our brand new Cordon Negro Sweet Cuvee is the perfect match for brunch favorites like pancakes and eggs benedict. Visit FreixenetUSA.com for more information about where to buy Freixenet sparkling wines and learn how you could win a 2-year lease on a new 2013 MINI Cooper.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Freixenet. The opinions and text are all mine.