Bring on the Bubbly: 5 Picks to Ring in the New Year

When I think of the ultimate go-to wine, I’m drawn to sparkling wine. After all, it’s a beverage that’s incredibly food friendly and it goes with even the most seeming anti-wine pairings. It plays a role for so many of life’s celebrations and rites of passages, and it is even great with brunch! Whether it’s a $10 bottle, $300 bottle, or something in between that you are hunting for, you will find that we have a wine to meet your expectations. Something to set a sense of place and that’s varietally correct regardless of being called Cava, Prosecco, Champagne, Spumante, etc. There are first-class sparkling wines being grown in many regions throughout the world today, and half the fun is experiencing them with friends and family, especially as you ring in the New Year!

Talk to our experts in our Wine & Beer departments to find a bottle to meet your needs. But here are five to check out from a variety of price ranges.

  1. Aubry Brut
    A beautifully dry Champagne made from Pinot Meunier and smaller portions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notes of toasted bread and soft, bright fruits make it perfect with a cheese plate or pâté.
  2. Schramsberg Brut Rosé
    Long the standard bearer of super well made American bubbly, this is the consummate apéritif. Dry with wonderful strawberry and apricot notes; pairs well with smoked salmon dishes.
  3. Laurent-Perrier
    One of our favorite values, this is from the historic city of Reims, France. Dry and elegant with a nose of bread dough yeast and a long finish. Pairs with nearly anything!
  4. G.H. Mumm Brut Cordon Rouge
    A French classic full of white peach and apricot notes in the nose while being dry and toasty in the palate. Pairs very well with shrimp cocktail.
  5. Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve
    From a family-owned winery since 1818, this is made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It shows great acidity and freshness that keeps you coming back sip after sip.