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New Year's Sparklers

Dec 27, 2017

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You gotta have bubbles this time of year! Al shares some of his favorites. 

Budget:  St. Hillaire Blanquette de Limoux '15  *1/2 $12

(Earliest sparkling wine in France)

Pure Fun:  Old Westminster "Petillant Naturel"  ** $40  

(Peasant-style bubbly, informal and wildly delicious)

Something nice from California:  Domaine Chandon "Etoile" Brut **1/2  $30

(All three traditional Champagne grapes in an elegant blend)

Prosecco:  Zardetto *1/2 $12

(Cheap, lively, take two to a party)

Cava:  Juve y Camps "Xarel Lo" "Essential" *1/2 $13

(Intriguing single variety cava)

Crémant d'Alsace:  Sipp-Mack Crémant  *** $28

(Drinks like a blanc de blancs from Champagne)

Rosé:  Schramsberg California Brut Rosé  *** $42

(Classic producer, classic rosé bubbly)

Blanc de Noirs:  Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs *** $40

(Big powerful sparkler)

Great Value in Champagne:  Pommery Brut Royale ***  $35

(Classy producer, great price in standard brut)

Sweeter bubbly:  Ca del Ré Moscato d'Asti *1/2  $16

(Grandmothers love this wine)

Big Splurge:  Pol Roget Vintage 2008 ***1/2 $110

(Winston Chruchill won the war with Pol Roger)