kelly magyarics

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


Bubbles for any budget

Happy New Year's Eve! I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009! Whether you are throwing a party, going out, or enjoying a quiet evening at home, you'll most likely be popping open some Champagne or sparkling wine at midnight. Here are some of my favorite picks:

Good Budget Options:
* Zardetto Prosecco
* Segura Viudas Aria Brut Cava
* Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Blancs (WA)

My favorite American sparkling wine producers:
* Schramsberg
* Mumm Napa Valley (I especially love their Cuvee M)
* Roederer Estates
* Gruet (NM)
* Kluge Estate (VA)

My favorite Champagnes:
*Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dames for a splurge option; or their yellow label for "regular" celebrations
* Perrier Jouet Rose

Best Off the Beaten Path Option:
* Omni Sparkling Shiraz (Australia)

Happy New Year!!!