Chardonnay is a sure-bet white for any feast anchored by crab. A California Chardonnay that brings together rich fruit, a bit of butteriness, and a touch of toasty oak works magic—just make sure it has enough bright, juicy acidity to balance out. This one shines thanks to its fruity mix of apple, pear, citrus, and pineapple layered with floral and exotic spice notes, plus an interesting edge of minerality.
When your sparkling wine is splashed with juice or topped off with a liqueur, you don’t need the nuances that generally come with a high price tag. But you do need a bottle that’s tasty enough to please the guest who goes rogue and sips it sans additions. Bright apple and citrus flavors plus hints of almond make this pick a great base for a lively spritzer.