SEATTLE — With the new year hours away, the time-crunch is on to find some kick-ass bubbles to help ring in the new year. As always in the world of wine, your options and selection is nearly endless. With so many great wines to choose from, we’ve narrowed down a few bottles of bubbles that are sure to put a smile on your face.
We have three American producers who use Methode Champenoise and one producer from the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wine can only be called Champagne, if it’s from the Champagne region. The only other produce are the California wineries grandfathered in back in the 70s.
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Gruet Brut Rosè (New Mexico) $17:
This 100 percent Pinot Noir wine has a garnet color, and exhibits delicate, find and lush fruit flavors. There are floral and berry aromas which introduce flavors of cherry. raspberry and wild strawberry, finishing delicately with zesty acidity. www.gruetwinery.com
Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blancs (Washington State) $15:
Blanc de blancs (white of the whites) is always 100% Chardonnay and has gorgeous notes of green apples, brioche and a hint of citrus. Bright crispness with a rounded mouthfeel that remains tasty all the way through the finish. A complete no-brainer for the money. www.trevericellars.com
Treveri Cellars Celebration Cuvée (Washington State) $20:
A brilliant cuvee with delicious notes of apples, apricot, citrus zest, minerals and baked pastry. Once again, Treveri always represents tremendous value in the world of sparkling wine, regardless of region. www.trevericellars.com
2012 Caraccioli Cellars, Sparkling, Brut Cuvee (San Luis Obispo, California) $52:
Easily one of the most refined bottles of sparkling wine you’ll find in this price range, anywhere. The complexity of flavors is extraordinary. granny smith apples, fresh baked biscuits, meyer lemon, toasted almonds and underlying notes of river rock. Its finish lasts for what feels like weeks and keeps beckoning you like a Siren on the cliffs to keep going back to it again and again. www.caracciolicellars.com
2009 Nicolas Feuillatte Collection Vintage Brut Champagne (Champagne, France) $45:
A superb vintage Champagne for the money with intense, expressive fruit. Aromas of juicy pear, apricot, and baked brie cheese. Complex, refreshing and inviting, it’s a great bottle of bubbles for any occasion and almost any kind of food you can fathom. www.nicolas-feuillatte.com
That’s a wrap:
All of these wines provide an excellent experience and will easily help ring in the new year in style. You should be able to locate most all of them at fine retailers around the USA. There’s never been a better time to be a wine lover with all the fabulous sparkling wines available to help make New Year’s or any occassion that much more special and memorable.