kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Expensive bubblies for New Year's Eve

Looking for a high-end bottle of Champagne for your New Year's Eve party? Forbes Magazine talks about some of the most expensive offerings here.

Of course, if you have a Champagne palate but a beer budget, there are bottles of the real stuff that do cost a lot less (the following bottles all sell for about $35 a pop, no pun intended):

* Taittinger Brut Champagne NV is elegant and rich.
* Veuve Clicquot's Yellow Label Brut Champagne NV is full-bodied and yeasty.
* Duval-Leroy Brut Champagne NV is a Wine Spectator Best Buy, rating 93 points out of 100, and is also full-bodied, with bread and lemon notes.

If you are having a party on New Year's Eve (large or small), what you may want to do is get enough of the good stuff for the actual toast at midnight (and/or for dinner, if you are hosting a dinner party), and then supplement with less expensive CA sparkling wine or Spanish Cava.

Here's to toasting 2007 in style, whatever your budget!