Sparkling wine is an essential part of any New Year’s Eve Celebration. We always enjoy bottles with oysters to begin the night as well as with our midnight toast to welcome in the new year! Here are 3 picks at different price points that are sure to start 2015 off right!
NV Domaine Brazilier Méthode Trad Brut
One choice that is a favorite at Wine and Good Food for under $20 is NV Domaine Brazilier Méthode Trad Brut. This blend of Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis from the Loire will draw you in with aromas of fresh-baked bread and baked apples. The palate is equally delicious with tastes of apples and nutmeg along with vibrant acidity. A definite crowd pleaser! ($15)
Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut
Franciacorta is a region in Italy producing excellent sparkling wine at price points that are usually far below the price points of Champagne. Ricci Curbastro Franciacorta Brut is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Blanc, and 10% Pinot Noir. The palate offers soft, creamy notes of citrus and fresh-baked bread with floral undertones. A great value, especially for those who don’t want an exceptionally dry sparkling wine. ($35; sample)
NV Charles Dufour Champagne Extra Brut Bulles de Comptoir #2
Rounding out the New Year’s Eve picks is one of my favorite Champagnes for under $100 (and it’s way below $100); NV Charles Dufour Champagne Extra Brut Bulles de Comptoir #2. This blend of 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Blanc is sans soufre and absolutely delicious. The Champagne has clean flavors of apple and pear with hints of yeast and minerals. Bright acidity and fine bubbles make it an excellent match for oysters. ($45; if you are local to Los Angeles, Domaine LA may still have a few bottles on the shelf)