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The Best Champagnes for New Years Eve

6 bottles of bubbly you must stock up on for NYE, hand-picked by "Wine Impresario" Michael Klauber.

Did you know that 25% of Champagne is sold between Christmas and New Years Eve world-wide? It can be hard to choose the perfect bottle for the occasion with all the different brands! To help guide your Champagne shopping this year, I'm sharing my top 6 favorite bottles of bubbly that are sure to send 2021 out in style!


The Best Champagnes for New Years Eve

Sparkling Brut Rosé, Graham Beck, Western Cape, South Africa

One of our favorite Sparkling Wines (and some of the best values) come from South Africa and Graham Beck Winery. Our longtime friend Pieter Ferreira is the winemaster there and is known as "Mr. Bubbles" worldwide! Pieter has joined us on safari at Londolozi Game Reserve and for events in Sarasota. We were lucky to have a wonderful visit to the winery with Pieter and his wife in Robertson, South Africa.

Tasting Notes: Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse and fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it's perfect for all seasons and settings. Decanter: 91 Points


$18.95

Sparkling "Blanc de Blancs", Graham Beck, Western Cape, South Africa

Tasting Notes: Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries, cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse and fine in the mouth, with subtle red berry flavors enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate, showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender. Flirtatious and fun, yet elegant and structured, it's perfect for all seasons and settings. Decanter: 91 Points


$25.95


Sparkling "Blanc de Blancs", Schramsberg, Napa Valley, California

If we are thinking California, we have to look to the true pioneers of making Sparkling Wine in Napa Valley – Jack and Jamie Davies. In 1965, they established Schramsberg as a sparkling wine estate on the property initially founded in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram. Theirs was the first California winery to produce a Blanc de Blancs. Now their son Hugh Davies, born the same year the Davies arrived at Schramsberg, leads the winery's management and winemaking team. Fun Fact: Every presidential administration from 1972 to 2017 has served Schramsberg's sparkling wines during official functions!


Tasting Notes: The Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, lime, green apple and white apricot. The fragrance of fruit is complemented with hints of yeast, white flowers, spicy ginger and fresh honeycomb. Wine Spectator: 93 Points

$94.95


Champagne " La Cuvée Brut", Laurent-Perrier, France

Our favorite Champagne for special occasions at our house is the Cuvée Rosé from Laurent-Perrier. It goes beautifully with a meal as well as a celebration toast. It is the most recognized rosé Champagne in the world. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more than 40 years, and it is the benchmark for Rosé Champagne around the world.

Tasting Notes: Intensely fruity flavors, clean and slightly sharp, the wine opens to the sensation of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, Morello cherries, black currants and raspberries. The finish is supple and rounded. Wine Advocate: 93 Points

$41.95


Champagne "Grand Reserve", Gosset, France

Stepping away  from your usual suspects, our go-to non-vintage Brut is Champagne Gosset! Founded in 1584, Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. For more than four centuries, the preservation of style, elegance, and family traditions in the making of Gosset Champagne has been paramount. An impressive reason for their reputa­tion for high quality is that they source their grapes entirely from classified premier cru and grand cru vineyards - a rare occurrence!

Tasting Notes: The color is bright and golden, the nose open and expressive, and the palate is dominated by a refreshing mineral tension. This Champagne is the perfect accompaniment to mild and subtly spiced dishes with cooked fruit, sweet/savory dishes or tajines. The Grande Réserve Brut is adaptable by nature — from apéritif to dessert. Wine Spectator: 94 Points

$47.95


Prosecco "Brut" DOC, Bisol Desiderio Jeio, Italy

One of the best sparkling wines to enjoy in our warm Sarasota weather is Prosecco. The "darling" of the winepress these days, we worked hard to find a small family-owned producer who stands for quality and value. Jeio is the fruit of two interwoven love stories. The first is that of generations of the Bisol family who have faithfully cared for their vineyards. And within this same family, there is the love of a wife who affectionately gave her husband Desiderio Bisol the nickname "Jeio".  Jeio is a regular visitor to Sarasota for the Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival!

Tasting Notes: Brilliant straw yellow color; mousse extremely fine and lively. Intense and fresh nose of citrus fruits and saline sensations. Fruit-forward, a refreshing sip! James Suckling: 92 Points

$14.95


 We hope these recommendations have helped you decide on the best bottle of bubbly to celebrate with this year! Our best to you this holiday season, and Happy New Year! Cheers!


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