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December 28, 2010

Bubbles for New Year’s

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:40 pm

chartogne_taillet_blancsAuthor: Dirk Chan

New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and time to consider what bubblie you’ll be drinking to bring in 2011. If you want the best, then go with a favourite French Champagne, but there are lots of cheaper and excellent alternatives in the form of sparkling wines from Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Canada, the United States and South Africa.There are some lovely French alternatives from the Jura, Loire Valley and Alsace at half to a quarter of the price of the more famous Champagnes. Add to the list the fast gaining Italian Prosecco and don’t forget the favourite standby – Spanish Cava. With prices from the low teens to over $500/bottle, the choices are endless.

Of course, the world’s most famous celebratory drink is French Champagne, la crème de la crème of sparklers, whether it be the Non-Vintage style or the ultra premium Vintage dated expensive tete de cuvees, usually made from blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You can also find 100% Chardonnays (Blanc de Blancs), 100% Pinot Noirs (Blanc de Noirs), or the Demi-Sec (slightly sweet) ones too.

While the majority of Champagne sales happens during the end of the year, we at deVine feel anytime is a good time for bubbles so make a New Year’s resolution to taste all kind of sparkling wine throughout the year for any occasion. If ever you’re stuck with finding a wine to pair with food, consider bubbles – they are more versatile than most people think. Sushi, KFC, smoked salmon, oyster, caviar, Thai food, seafood come to mind. However, for New Year’s eve, bubbles are a must, and you’ll find all kinds of recommendations if you follow the ‘read full article’ link below…From us to you, a very Happy New Year!

Here is a list of bubble recommendations for your consideration:

  • NV Seppelt Great Western Brut Reserve (Victoria, Australia) – $13.49
  • NV Hardys Collection Brut Reserve (South Australia) – $14.99
  • NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava (Penedes, Spain) – $15.99
  • NV Casa Girelli Canaletto Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $15.99
  • NV Flor Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99
  • NV Val d’Oca Moscato d’Asti – sweet (Veneto, Italy) – $19.99
  • NV Luis Pato Espumante Rosado (Bairrada, Portugal) – $19.99
  • NV Canella Prosecco di Conegliano (Veneto, Italy) – $20.99
  • NV Nieto Senetiner Brut Nature (Mendoza, Argentina) – $20.99
  • 2006 Val d’Oca Punto Rosa (Veneto, Italy) – $22.99
  • 2005 Rolet Cremant du Jura Brut (Jura, France) – $24.99
  • NV Francois Lichtle Methode Traditionnelle Rose (Alsace, France) – $26.49
  • NV Chateau Langlois Cremant de Loire (Loire Valley, France) – $26.99
  • 2005 Eikendal Mon Desir Sparkling (Western Cape, South Africa) – $27.99
  • 2006 Sumac Ridge Steller’s Jay Brut (Okanagan, B.C.) – $32.99
  • NV Mumm Napa Brut Prestige (Napa Valley, California) – $32.99
  • NV Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label – 375mL (Champagne, France) – $34.99
  • NVGremillet Infintely Selection Brut (Champagne, France) – $44.99
  • NV Serveaux Fils Carte d’Or Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99
  • NV A. Margaine Premier Cru Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99
  • NV Gaston Chiquet Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $49.99
  • NV Le Brun Servenay Brut Selection (Champagne, France) – $55.99
  • NV Chartogne-Taillet Blanc de Blancs Brut (Champagne, France) – $59.99
  • NV Champagne Philipponnat Royale Reserve (Champagne, France) – $61.99
  • NV Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Fiacre (Champagne, France) – $62.99
  • NV Lanson Brut Rose (Champagne, France) – $77.99
  • NV Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut (Champagne, France) – $83.99
  • 2002 Devaux Cuvee D (Champagne, France) – $97.99
  • NV Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Brut (Champagne, France) – $139.99
  • 1999 Bollinger La Grande Annee Brut (Champagne, France) – $169.99
  • 1998 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut (Champagne, France) – $254.99
  • 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut (Champagne, France) – $349.99
  • 1996 Salon Cuvees S Le Mesil (Champagne, France) – $399.99
  • 1993 Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Oenotheque (Champagne, France) – $424.99
  • NV Krug Rose (Champagne, France) – $464.99
  • 1998 Bollinger Vieilles Vignes Francaises (Champagne, France) – $539.99
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