Inexpensive Sparkling Wines for New Years Eve

29 Dec

by Green Gourmet L

The Green Gourmets are at it again with our picks for some great (and inexpensive) wines for your New Years Eve celebration. There always needs to be some bubbles involved when it comes to ringing in a new year. But how do you choose which sparkling wine would work for you? Here are a few options that could suit your soiree:

Minoetto Il Prosecco

Prosecco is an Italian wine that has grown in popularity as a cheaper alternative to Champagne. Proseccos can be either dry or fruity and contain about 12% alcohol by volume. Il Prosecco has light flavors of peach and apricot and is a nice balance of fruity and dry. This wine can be found for $10-12 in many wine/grocery stores.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Rosé

Rosés have become very trendy in restaurants recently. Technically, Rosés are an “unfinished” red wine;  the wine goes through the red wine making process, but is stopped before extracting too many red wine characteristics. The Blanc de Noirs is made of a combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, which creates a beautiful pinkish hue. Flavors of strawberries, black cherry, and vanilla. This is a splurge bottle around $19, but it’s worth it for a special occasion.

Mumm Napa Valley Brut Prestige

Here’s the Californian Champagne you’ve been dreaming of. This was recommended by a friend who has great taste in wine. Even though I haven’t tried it yet, this might be the one that will grace my presence for my anniversary (thanks!). It’s a bit of a splurge at $20, but all the reviews say it’s worth it. And you’re worth it too! The Wine Enthusiast says, “#48 on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2010: Crisp and elegantly styled, with floral apple and yeasty spice aromas that lead to layered flavors of baked pear, citrus and creamy vanilla. Drink now.” I think I will.

Punkt Genau Sparkling Gruner Veltliner

This is a sparkling Gruner Veltliner, which is a rarity. If you have never tried a Gruner Veltliner, you should definitely look for it next time you are in a wine store. It’s an Austrian wine with white fruit flavors (think apples, peaches, floral but not too fruity). It tends to be light and crisp, and with bubbles it’s about to rival my favorite Prosecco. And for around $15-18 bottle, totally worth trying!

Vinho Verde Espiral

I drank mine from a champagne flute.This is a fantastic summer and spring wine, but could also be a nice, light way to celebrate if you don’t want alot of alcohol. This is not necessarily a sparkling wine, but it has an effervescence to it that still feels festive. It has light, tart citrus flavors and is clean and crisp. Very easy to drink, and you don’t have to worry because the alcohol content is only 9%. And huge bonus, it’s less than $5. Look for this at Trader Joes.

Happy New Year Fellow Green Gourmets! We are excited to share more recipes and our passion with you in 2011!

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