Champagne & Other Stars for New Year!

It’s that time of the year again!

Champagne Season! Yay!

But, what a lot of people are asking themselves now is, “how do I choose the best wine for the dollar and how much do I need to spend to avoid embarrassment at my next New Year’s Eve party?” The good news is, you don’t have to spend much!

CHAMPAGNE

Ok, let’s get the big’un out of the way first. Let’s start out by saying that the entry level price on a bottle of real Champagne is about $40. Considering that the upper range can run in the thousands, if you don’t know the difference, don’t sweat it. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV $39.99, is a solid choice. Easily scoring 89-90 points by most reviewers, it’s a great aperitif while elegantly hitting all of the right Champagne notes.

CRÉMANTS

A cremant is a French sparkling wine made in the Champagne method outside of Champagne with grapes indigenous to other villages. Try the Beautifully fruited Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace. This Pinot Blanc based Wine scores avg at around 92 points and sells for under $17.00! Another Crémant would be the Jalliance Cuvée de l’Abbaye Brut Crémant de Bordeaux. Semillion based, you can expect notes of ripe lemon, grapefruit, white raspberry, almond and brioche.

CAVA

Cava is a place in Spain, where just like in Champagne, they’re known for sparkling wine. Also made in the Champagne method, these wines are fantastic alternatives to more expensive sparklers. Raventos i Blanc is a standout performer in the world of Cava. They were the first in the appellation and have since created a new one called Conca del rui Anoia. Their Blanc de Blanc is everything a fine Champagne should be, balanced with small bubbles creating a creamy mousse with herby citrus notes shouldn’t be missed. BTW, their Rosé, de Nit, is dollar-for-dollar, among the best from anyplace.

PROSECCO

The four F’s: Fresh, Fruity, Fizzy and Fun. This is what it means to be Prosecco! Prosecco is made in the Charmat method, different from the Champagne method, but that doesn’t by any means that you should skip it. Try the Mionetta Valdobiaddone Prosecco Superiore. Made from the Glera grape harvested in the slopes of Valdobiaddone, this beauty is filled with floral notes complimented by notes of apple, pear and citrus. A steal at $18.99!

Remember when toasting this New Years Eve, what you’re toasting needs to delicious, not expensive!

Cheers!

Keir Carter

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