Holiday Wine 101 – Guide To Buying Bubbles For New Year’s Eve

With the biggest day of the year for pouring a bubbly beverage quickly approaching, we have put together the guide below to help you find the best bubbles to ring in the new decade. After all, buying bubbles for New Year’s Eve is an important component of the celebration! We have included our picks for Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, sparkling wines and other kinds of bubbles.

Opening Tips For Your Bubbles For New Year’s Eve

Do you have trouble opening bottles of sparkling wine? In addition to buying bubbles for New Year’s Eve, you can impress friends and family by properly opening the bottle! Check out the video tutorial below for the proper, safe and easy way to open your bottle this NYE!

Champagne

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If you want elegance and sophistication, then your “bubbles” should come from Champagne, France. Champagnes are delicate, subtle and simply elegant. Enjoy for the midnight toast, but Champagnes also pair well with light appetizers or make great pairings with deserts. Champagnes are not recommended as cocktail mixers.

Laurent Perrier, “Cuvee” Rose | $75.99
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this wonderfully balanced champagne has a vibrant tanginess to the flavors of black currant, strawberry, licorice and candied ginger.

Louis Roederer, “Premier” Brut | $42.99
Brut Premier characterizes the timeless Louis Roederer style with the combination of fresh, youthful fruitiness and the vinous qualities of a fully matured wine.

Charles De Cazanove Brut | $29.99
Medium straw, yellow color; complex aromas of ripe apple and light cream, excellent depth and persistence; Full bodied, active and layered on the palate.

Prosecco

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Italian sparkling wines made from the Glera grape, Proseccos are not as dry as Champagnes and other sparkling wines and are far more versatile food wines. Proseccos will pair very well with meat and cheese plates, won’t get trampled by hearty foods and stand up well in sparkling wine cocktails.

Villa Jolanda Extra Dry | $11.99
This luminous sparkler opens with aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and white peach. The crisp dry, refreshing palate doles out green apple, Bartlett pear and white almond alongside vibrant crisp acidity and a silky mousse.

Villa Olmi Extra Dry | $11.99
Bright straw yellow with fine bubbles. The bouquet is fragrant and intensely fruity. It shows clean notes of apples, pears and citrus, accompanied by slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Crisp, clean and delicate.

Canale “Millesimato” Extra Dry | $9.99
Light straw yellow in color with a lively froth. Bouquet of white peach and orange blossoms. Fruit forward, with peach and almond flavors. Prosecco Brut makes an ideal aperitif and also pairs well with antipasto.

Cava

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Spain’s answer to France! These hearty sparkling wines are not only a great value, but have denser flavor notes. Cavas can stand up to full meals, unlike lighter Champagnes, and Cavas are great to use for cocktails because they stand up to the other ingredients and still bring the wine flavors to the drink.

Dibon “Reserve” Brut | $12.99
A delicate bead in the glass of soft golden color. The nose bursts with rich pear, green apple and hints of cream. On the palate the wine shows great finesse and balance with notes of papaya and pear rounded out with hints of hazelnuts, finishing with crisp acidity and freshness.

Segura Viudas “Aria” Brut | $11.99
The wine is vinified according to “methode champenoise” technique and is aged in the bottle up to two years. The final cuvee is fairly crisp with an interesting floral note and mouth pleasing sensation of creaminess. Fresh and balanced, with apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes.

Mas Fi Brut | $8.99
Its fresh, fruity flavor is pleasant and a off dry finish, although still within the technical range of the brut category. This wine’s refreshing, light taste leads from a full, ripe peach, apricot fruit and vanilla nose, encouraging big, round, soft flavors in the mouth, with an appealing finish.

Sparkling Wine

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If it is not from Champagne, it must be called “sparkling”. Here’s where you can find great value for “bubbles” with historic roots (i.e. Roederer has Houses in both Champagne, France and California). American “sparkling” wines offer very similar quality to their French cousins, but without the French price tag. Like their French cousins, American “sparkling” wines pair well with appetizers or deserts, but really shouldn’t be used in cocktails.

Roederer Estate Brut | $19.99
Crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice, and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor. All the grapes for the wines are grown on the estate. Oak-aged wines from the Estate’s reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee.

Mumm Napa “Prestige” Brut | $18.99
This versatile wine is sourced from more than 50 prime Napa Valley vineyards to create an infinitely elegant, gorgeously balanced wine. Delicate golden peach color, tantalizing hints of melon, spice and toasted vanilla, with a crisp lingering finish.

Sofia “Blanc De Blanc” | $14.99
When his daughter was a little girl, Francis Coppola made her a promise that he would someday make a sparkling wine and name it after her. Today, this Blanc de Blancs is one of our most popular offerings. Mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle.

Other Kinds Of “Bubbles”

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When the clock is about to strike midnight on the 31st, you don’t need a “sparkling” wine to make a “pop”. Consider Craft Beers or even a Hard Cider like…

Maine Beer Co. “Another One” India Pale Ale | $6.69/bottle
Pineapple, mango, and guava, with notes of orange and grapefruit. undertones of earthy, woody pine.

Grimm Artisanal Ales “Depth Of Field” Dark Sour Ale | $11.99/bottle
This Flanders inspired ale is rich and complex without tipping toward heavy. Toasty Vienna and Munich malts build a layered base that provides a sweet warmth that never feels cloying. Dark cherry leads on the nose with quieter notes of leather, tobacco, and oak.

Wolffer Estates “139” Dry Rose’ Cider | $15.49/4 pack
Made from hand-picked apples grown by the Halsey Family, in Bridgehampton, and the highest quality apple orchards in upstate New York, No. 139 Dry Ciders boast a lively acidity and fresh flavor that makes them an excellent year-round pairing choice for a range of dining occasions.

When buying bubbles for New Year’s Eve, visit us at the Wine Connextion! All of the bottles above are available in our store. Click here to get directions! Happy New Year!

 

(All pricing reflects in-store pricing on 12/30/19. Subject to change.)