Are you prepared to celebrate anything and everything to keep the bubbly free-flowing from now until New Year’s Eve?
Absolutely no worries if you happen to be a strapped shopper this year like most Americans, you can still partake in Bubbly Season.
Just plan to budget indulgence with an inexpensive sparkler. Top picks under $25 include:
Roederer Estate’s NV Anderson Valley Brut
Domaine Chandon’s Brut Classic, NV California
Mirabelle NV North Coast Brut
When value shopping, here’s what’s key:
Find bottles that are made in the traditional method that Champagne is produced. Look for this wording on the label: “Traditional method” or “fermented in this bottle.” If you see a label that says “Charmat Process” or “fermented in the bottle,” beware. The sparklers’ secondary fermentation was in a big container or a tank and this process will create big soda pop bubbles, not to mention a less complex, refined sparkler.
We’ll report back with more snippets of information, and we’ll keep our tips as free-flowing as the bubbly.