Affordable Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, whether in movies of on television, in songs or at parties: the more expensive the wine, the better.
According to this way of thinking, if you’re not paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a bottle of Moët & Chandon Dom Perignon, you’re not doing it right.
That, though, simply isn’t true. Sure, if you pop the cork on a bottle of Dom, you’re going to feel like a god until the last drop of it has been poured, but you don’t always have to break the bank to find an amazing bottle of bubbly.
For this New Year’s Eve, we’ve found affordable and delicious sparkling wines that you can buy that’ll still make you feel like a god, but you won’t have to go into debt for.
Valdivieso was the first company in Chilé to make sparkling wine. On the sweeter side for a brut wine, this sparkling wine has hints of peach and pear that really shine when chilled to the right temperature. Also, you’ll get to drop the fun party fact that Anderson Cooper’s great great grandmother was a Valdivieso, if you choose this bubbly.
Riondo Prosecco ($18)
For those looking for a little more minerality in their sparkling wine, Riondo’s Prosecco is a good bottle to pick up. With citrus notes to boot, this wine is a perfect sipper if you’re planning to stick with sparkling wine for the night (and at under twenty bucks, there’s no reason not to).
A delicate sparkling wine that is great for all types of wine lovers, Rustico is produced from 100% Glera grapes that are grown in hillside vineyards situated at medium altitude in Valdobbiadene, Italy. Nino Franco was one of the first companies, under the direction of Primo Franco, to bring sparkling wines (that were not Champagnes) to the international market.
Alsatian in origin, this Crémant is produced in the traditional “Champagne method” and made from a fifty-fifty blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. With a nice green apple nose, and balance of flavor with bubbles, Dopff & Irion is good for almost any kind of New Year’s Eve party you might have in mind.
The Heidsieck Maison has been making wine since the late 1700s, and the quality showed then and continues to show now. In recent memory, the Maison has won Sparkling Winemaker of the Year eight times. This brut Champagne is made in the traditional method from mostly Pinot Noir grapes sourced from over one hundred crus in the Champagne region and Pinot Meuniers from the Grande et Petite Montagne de Reims region.
Laurent-Perrier’s Grand Siècle ($149.99)
Break this baby out for a very special New Year’s Eve. Made of a blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from three vintages, Grand Siècle is made exclusively from 100% grand cru grapes from ten different villages. This edition is presented in a 17th Century Champagne bottle replica and comes with two Champagne flutes.