Top picks for New Years Eve bubbles, from prosecco to champagne, all under $50.
Have you picked your sparkling wine for New Years Eve yet? You certainly don’t want to start off the new year with a so-so bubbly, or worse, a massive hangover from cheap “champagne” that has been injected with monsterous bubbles of carbon dioxide. Just in case you need a little guidance, I’ve put together my top picks for New Years Eve champagne, sparkling wine, sparkling rose, and prosecco so that you can be sure to dazzle your guests (or your significant other!) with the right sparkling wine to ring in 2016! Plus they are all under $50 a bottle!
First, Champagne. This is my favorite true champagne for under $50. It’s not too dry and not too sweet, and it’s easy to find in most stores that sell wine.
My top pick: Veuve Clicquot Brut
Next up are sparkling wines that are made in the Champagne way. You already learned about that last Wine Wednesday, and just in case you forgot, here’s a refresher. Of course I had to include Schramsberg!
If you prefer rose, I’ve added my top picks for champagne method rose. I served one at my rehearsal dinner. Of course, the other is another Schramsberg!
My top picks:
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose
Louis Bouillot Perle d’Aurore Rose
Finally, I’ve picked a couple of Proseccos for you. Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine made similarly to the champagne method, except that it is fermented with yeast in large closed barrels instead of in individual bottles. Prosecco tends to be sweeter, but it is much better than cheap grocery store sparkling that has been injected with carbon dioxide.
My top picks:
- Foss Marai Prosecco Extra Dry
- Tesoro della Regina Prosecco
Hopefully I’ve helped you a bit in your decision-making process for your New Years Eve bubbly. A quick rule of thumb is the smaller the bubbles the better! Also, the more you drink, the more likely a hangover, whether the bubbly is cheap or not! If you still need more guidance, I’ve found that Total Wine is a great place to shop with employees that are super helpful. They can tell you which sparkling wines are made using the champagne method and which Proseccos are better. Cheers to an excellent New Year from me to you!
*Prices taken from Total Wine in Dallas, TX.