Drinking champagne (or sparkling wine) is a no-brainer on New Year’s Eve, though I’m game to sip it anytime of the year. There really is nothing more festive than some bubbly, so don’t count down to 2018 without a glass! If you’re pre-gamming before heading out on the town or hosting your own soirée, you’ll want to stock up. Below are six of my personal favorites, ranging in price and style, so you can eliminate extra time spent searching and get straight to ringing in the new year.
- Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut, $21.99: This sparkling wine had my stamp of approval long before I visited their estate in Mendocino County’s fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. It’s a well-crafted sparkling wine with vibrant, fine-beaded bubbles and a creamy texture complimented by flavors of apple, ginger, cinnamon, and butter.
- Gruet New Mexico Blanc de Noirs, $17: A non-vintage sparkler, this is made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay and the result is a rich, creamy, and complex wine. Expect baked pear, toasted vanilla, and raspberry on the palate.
- 2014 Antech “Emotion” Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé, $14.99: This sparkling rosé is a fun alternative to the usual sparkling wine with gorgeous notes of strawberries and white flowers on the nose. The price doesn’t hurt, either!
- Schramsberg “Mirabelle” California Brut Rosé, $21.99: Another lively sparking rosé, this one offers a slightly-frothy pour and raspberry, strawberry, and watermelon on the bouquet.
- Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, $49.99: The priciest of the bunch, this is a crisp and balanced classic that offers apple, citrus, and biscuit on the palate. Trust me, it’s well worth the splurge if you’re able to go that route!
- Jordan Cuvee by Champagne AR Lenoble, $49: This winery-exclusive champagne delivers exceptional bubbles and lively acidity; crisp apple and citrus fruits dance on the palate. It’s only available at the winery, so be sure to make a trip to Jordan if you’re in the Sonoma County area.