A New Year’s Eve Sparkler for Every Budget

From Champagne to cava, prosecco to brachetto


Poema Brut 

Poema’s brut, extra dry and rosado cavas are made using the Champagne method, with secondary fermentation taking place in bottle instead of a tank, adding toasty, bready notes and a finer bead to its citrus, mineral and Granny Smith apple aromas. A popular by-the-glass pour at restaurants. $13, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, KobrandWineAndSpirits.com.

Belasco de Baquedano Rosa

This sparkling 100 percent malbec rosa comes from century-old vines in Lujan de Cujo, a wine-growing region in the shadow of Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua. Brilliant floral aromas and deep, Malbec flavors of cherry, plum and strawberry. $15, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, BelascoMalbec.com.

Gruet Blanc de Blancs 2007 

A superior domestic sparkling wine from high-altitude vineyards in New Mexico. If it looks familiar, perhaps that’s because a custom Gruet cuvee is the house sparkler at the Cosmopolitan! A non-vintage blanc de noirs is also available for just $15. $24, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, GruetWinery.com.

Fizz 56 Brachetto 

Raise a glass to un felice Anno Nuovo with this alluring red spumante from the Piedmonte region of Italy. Fizz 56 is aromatic, sweet and naturally effervescent being made from 100 percent brachetto grapes, which are native to Italy. A perfect accompaniment for dessert or for the big countdown. $20, Total Wine & More, Fizz56.com.

JaM Cellars “Toast”

If you liked former Rombauer winemaker Rob Lloyd’s “Butter” chard, you’ll love this bright, juicy méthode Champenoise California sparkler with aromas of melon, white peach and orange blossoms and flavors of light toast and pear with hints of tropical pineapple and honeydew. $25, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, JaMCellars.com.

Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut

From one of America’s finest sparkling wine houses in the Napa Valley, Mirabelle gains palate richness and aromatic complexity from blending with aged base wines from prior vintages. Mostly chardonnay; a little pinot noir adds body and depth. Also available in rosé. $29, Total Wine & More, Schramsberg.com.

Drappier Brut Nature Rosé 

It’s Champagne, it’s kosher and it’s amazing—100 percent pinot noir produced using the saignée method without dosage or filtering. Fresh and delightful, with hints of rose petals, red fruit, minerality, citrus and white pepper. $60, Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Champagne-Drappier.com. 


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