Published On: Fri, Dec 1st, 2023

2 sparkling wines and a port to kick off and wrap up your holidays

2 sparkling wines and a port to kick off and wrap up your holidays
2 sparkling wines and a port to kick off and wrap up your holidays

As the holiday season approaches, we look for sparkling wines to fuel our celebrations and fortified wines to wrap them up. This week’s recommendations include two bubblies that provide great value for their price, as well as an aged white port for dessert.

Casa Santos Lima Bruto de Portugal

(2 stars)

Casa Santos Lima is a large winery north of Lisbon that produces a number of inexpensive, good-value wines for several labels. This sparkler is no exception — it has vibrant fizz, flavors of white flowers, balsam and citrus, and a persistent finish that can turn any occasion into a celebration. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.

Imported and distributed locally by Artisans & Vines.

Bianca Vigna Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene 2022

(3.5 stars)

This is top-notch prosecco, and I say that as someone who prefers the tauter acidity and fizz of wines made in the traditional champagne method over the softer carbonation of the Charmat method. This wine seduces with flavors of mango and pineapple, with a spritz of lime. Don’t drink this too cold — let the flavors play as the wine shakes off the refrigerator’s chill. ABV: 11.5 percent.

Imported by Banville Wine Merchants. Distributed locally by Banville Wine Merchants and Artisans & Vines.

Quinta da Devesa Porto Branco 10 Years

(3.5 stars)

Douro Valley, Portugal, $35 500 ml.

This is essentially an aged tawny port made with white grape varieties. It’s lighter in color and body than a 10-year-old tawny, but has familiar flavors of roasted hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans with a spicy praline note. I get root beer, as well. This is a fantastic dessert wine, worthy of aged cheeses or custardy finales to your holiday banquets. ABV: 20 percent (fortified).

Prices are approximate. For availability, check, and the websites and social media feeds of the wineries, importers, distributors, and your favorite local wine store. You can also ask your local retailer to order wines from the distributors listed. Have wine questions for Dave McIntyre? Send them to

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