Champagne and Other Bubbly

Champagne Flutes

Get ready to toast the New Year with a nice bottle of champagne or sparkling wine.

Real champagne only comes from Champagne, France. Here are some favorites:

Dom Perignon
Dom Perignon 1999 Vintage – $149

The commitment of Dom Perignon is a commitment to creation. It’s a quest for excellence; it is about taking risk, taking a challenge from the vintage, making it to the style of Dom Perignon. Every single vintage of Dom Perignon is an exclusive wine; it is the harmonious dialogue of style and vintage. Dom Perignon Vintage 1999 goes straight to the heart of Dom Perignon. This wine is radiant, pure and vibrant. It is a story of seduction and sensuality.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998 Vintage – $155

La Grande Dame 1998 has a pale gold color with jade glints. The wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles. The aromatic, impressively complex bouquet is confirmed in the mouth. On the palate, the wine is clear-cut and pure, perfectly balanced with a delightful silky smoothness. La Grande Dame 1998, with its lace-like construction, has a long, lively, and structured finish.

But there are some other great bubbly choices from around the world. Here are a variety in a more affordable price range:

Cava
Cristalino Non-Vintage Brut Cava From Spain – $7.99

Straw color, smooth and fresh aromas; fine and fruity palate with a dry aftertaste. Clean, dry and crisp with citrus and apple flavors.

Sparkling Wine
Roederer Estate Non-Vintage Brut from North Coast, California – $19.99

Roederer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer champagne among the most sought-after in the world. The Roederer Estate Brut debuted in October 1988, and has since established its reputation as one of California’s premier sparklers, remaining true to the heritage of excellence and style of its French forebears.

Prosecco
Canella Non-Vintage Prosecco di Conegliano from Veneto, Italy – $14.79

Brilliant straw yellow with fine, persistent perlage, fruity aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus fruit, the palate gracefully balances zingy acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness, richness and silky-smooth texture.

All notes and prices from wine.com

5 responses to “Champagne and Other Bubbly

  1. clotheshorseok

    Veuve Clicquot is my absolute favorite! Cheers!

  2. I put up a similar suggestions post in my weekly feature, The Friday Fermentable. I’m pleased to see that we agree on Roederer Estate – it’s simply a great value.

    Have a great celebration of your own!

  3. Great picks – I agree with you about Cava, it tends to be an excellent affordable alternative to champagne.

    However, if you’re prepared to splurge this New Year’s, you can’t beat this list:

    http://www.3luxe.com/category/Wine/Bubbly

    Talk about a way to make a party memorable! On a related note, if you are splashing out on the bubbly, make sure it is the first thing you drink – saving it till midnight when everyone’s already downed a few cocktails is a waste of expensive champagne.

  4. Abel, you have an interesting Web site. I like your profile, especially the part about wine appreciation for the “monetarily-challenged.”

    Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I have had some really great champagnes from Spain.