Sparkling wine is an all-season drink for most of us but for some strange reason a few of our fellow mankind have difficulty popping a cork other than on New Years Eve. And even then, itâ€™s often a half hearted effort with the cheapest bottle in the store.
Budget price bubbly is a good idea for NYE as the focus is more on the moment than the drink. But you can have it both ways â€“ low price and high quality. The world is full of great tasting bubbly at reasonable prices such as my LCBO picks below. Most are dry, but my final three offerings are off-dry, crowd-pleasers.
Put global misfortunes aside for one evening â€“ the world is STILL a WONDERFUL place. Well worth celebrating.
JACOBâ€™S CREEK SPARKLING BRUT Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, Australia 562991 $13.95
…very Champagne-like. Amazing value.
CONO SUR SPARKLING BRUT, Chile 215079 $13.95
…Cono Sur over-delivers with all its wines
HUNGARIA GRANDE CUVEE BRUT, Hungary 217539 $11.95
…earthy old-world guy.
HILLEBRAND â€˜TRIUSâ€™ BRUT, VQA Niagara 215913 $24.95
…confident, characterful local.
MUMM NAPA BRUT â€˜PRESTIGEâ€™, California 256678 $27.75
…looks good, tastes good.
NICOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT CHAMPAGNE, France 537605 $44.95
…a value in the Champagne world.
LOUIS ROEDERER BRUT CHAMPAGNE, France 268771 $62.95 (Vintages Essentials)
…if youâ€™re up for a splurge.
PELEE ISLAND â€˜SECCOâ€™, VQA Ontario 225946 $15.95
…local answer to Prosecco.
BAREFOOT BUBBLY PINOT GRIGIO, California 106088 $12.95
…high quality party plonk.
YELLOW TAIL BUBBLES, Australia 229039 $13.95
…best Yellow Tail yet. Handy screw top.