Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Cold and fizzy are always a fine idea when it’s hot and sweaty outside. Now, you could pour yourself a beer, but if it’s wine you’re after, then sparkling is a good way to go. It’s one of the few wines that retain some character when they're chilled down to the icy-cold level.
One note about both Champagne and sparkling wine: It’s much more likely to spray foam everywhere if it’s too warm (and for the cork to blast out at roughly 40 miles per hour the moment you loosen the wire cage around it). If you’ve just won a football game, that may be what you want, but otherwise keep the stuff cold and you’re less likely to find yourself drenched in it.
Lini Lambrusco Labrusco NV ($15)
Codorniu “Anna” Cava ($15)
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