Life’s too short for bad bubbles. Try one of these for your New Year’s toast
2009 IRON HORSE VINEYARDS CLASSIC BRUT, $42
This rich, creamy sparkler from California is a surefire winner. The yeasty aroma and slightly nutty taste will pair well with whatever savory snacks your host is serving.
2013 RAVENTOS I BLANC “DE NIT” ROSADO CAVA, $23
Easy and cheap, Spanish cavas were once maligned, but they’re getting more positive critical attention of late. Fruity, but not too sweet, this rosé version is a major bargain.
NV JACQUESSON CUVEE 737 EXTRA BRUT, $62
The winemakers create a distinctive blend each year. This bold, full-bodied,
and aromatic issue is from 2013— because nothing says “I appreciate you” like a limited edition.
NV BILLECART-SALMON BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT, $70
A favorite among chefs and sommeliers for its finesse and food-friendliness, this fresh, elegant, medium-bodied Champagne has zesty green apple notes. (Remember that so you can repeat it later.)
2009 PIERRE PETERS CUVEE SPECIALE LES CHETILLONS BLANC DE BLANCS MAGNUM, $250
It’s made from grapes harvested from one of the choicest parcels in all of Champagne. Dried fruit and honey notes will help ring in the new year on an extravagantly romantic note.
1995 CHARLES HEIDSIECK BLANC DES MILLENAIRES, $175
This is among the most sought-after (and award-winning) Champagnes on the market—and bottles are running out. Complex, vibrant, and dangerously easy drinking, it’s a perfect pat on the back.
NV KOENIG CREMANT D’ALSACE, $15
Crémant d’Alsace wines like this are crisp, zesty, and inexpensive— ideal for splashing into OJ the morning after.
Chosen with the help of Emilie Perrier, sommelier at Gabriel Kreuther in New York