New Year’s Eve is one of our favorite holidays. Not only because it allows us to banish the last vestiges of all the crappy events that happened in the previous year (peace out favorite team’s losing season and that girl who cheated on you for three months before you found out), but also because we get to drink one of our favorites beverages: sparkling wine. (other than bourbon, of course. And rum. And tequila. And. And. And …)
It doesn’t matter if it’s Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, or any other type of sparkling wine, really. We just freakin’ love bubbly. The crispness, the bubbles, the fact that you can down a bottle and feel amazing — what’s not to love?
Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite bottles that are both delicious and affordable (though if someone wants to buy us this bottle of $16,000 champagne, we wouldn’t hate it). Whether you’re looking for straight Champagne or you’re looking to branch out into other types of sparkling wine, we’ve got you and your New Year’s Eve covered.
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve – $36
This Brut Reserve is France’s top selling Champagne, and it sure is a beaut. Well-balanced and smooth, each bottle is aged at least three years before making it to market. Ripe fruits and just a hint of exotic spices present themselves on the nose before a clean, elegant, and complex body and finish.
Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Brut – $45
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 100 crus in the Champagne region and Pinot Meuniers from the Grande et Petite Montagne de Reims region.
Maison de Joie – $12
Available exclusively at Aldi, this sparkling wine is made in the Méthode Champenoise and over-delivers on quality, considering the price. A medium-light bodied wine, you’ll get notes of white fruits such as pear as well as some stone fruit notes that are brought to you on delicate ribbons of bubbles.
Sterling Blanc de Blanc – $35
Made from 100-percent Napa Valley Chardonnay (all of the fruit also comes from the same Yountville vineyard), this sparkling wine is a refreshing glass of green apple, lemon, and pear. The creamy texture creates a pleasant drinking experience from first sip to last.
Martini Prosecco – $13
In this light-bodied Prosecco from Italy’s Veneto region, apple and peach dominate the nose and palate. Citrusy acidity leads into a balanced finish. Martini is a great buy if you’re looking to stock up on multiple bottles.
Vini Santa Margherita Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore – $20
Made from Glera grapes, this aromatic Prosecco gives off white fruits and sweet floral notes at first, leading into tropical pineapple and fresh apple flavors on the palate. A mellow wine like this is great on its own or paired with foods such as buttered garlic clams or a salted caramel torte.
When you’re ready to party, you can put on this thumping New Year’s Eve playlist we whipped up: