Cocktail parties are one of my favorite things about the holidays. Seriously. I love a good appetizer. In fact, it’s not unheard of around our house to have appetizers for dinner during the holiday season. Fill a plate with a bunch of little bites and turn it into a quick and easy meal by the fire. These Spicy Sausage Balls are one of my favorite holiday appetizers. My mother has been making these tasty treats ever since I was a little boy. Each year, we’d host a holiday cocktail party, and I always knew I could count on seeing these delicious Spicy Sausage Balls in the kitchen! And my cocktail of choice when nibbling on this appetizer? Sparkling wine. Yup, sparkling wine. Believe it or not, a sweeter sparkling wine like Freixenet’s new Sweet Cuvée pairs quite well with the spiciness in these sausage balls. Talk about a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holidays!
Freixenet (pronounced “fresh-eh-net”) has been a long-time favorite when it comes to sparkling wines in our house. The “black bottle bubbly” Cordon Negro is one of their more well-known varieties, and it’s bright citrus flavors make it a great sparkling wine for a variety of occasions…including holiday cocktail parties! Freixenet’s Sweet Cuvée is a newer, slightly sweeter variety that works well as a dessert drink. But surprisingly, I found that the Sweet Cuvée also works great when paired with spicier foods. I’m not usually a fan of sweeter wines, but I was pleasantly surprised by the Sweet Cuvée. It was sweet, but not too sweet at all, and it tasted great next to these Spicy Sausage Balls! (My next adventure is to try it with pizza…I suspect the acidity from the tomato sauce will be a great partner to this sparkling wine.)
As if a tasty appetizer and a glass of sparkling wine wasn’t enough already, Freixenet is also hosting a Drive a Mini Cooper Contest. Just look for hidden bubbles on Freixenet’s website, and Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages for reward codes to enter the contest. Rumor has it that bubbles may even be hidden in retail stores! Once you find a bubble, hop over to www.findthebubbles.com to enter the code. Good luck, and cheers!
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.