5 Sparklers for Your Non-Vegas New Years

Here at Foot of the Bed, we’ve been known to embrace the Churchill policy when it comes to champagne. “In success you deserve it, and in defeat you need it.” Suffice it to say that not everyone enjoys bubbly as much  or as frequently as we do, but New Year’s Eve is this weekend and you don’t want to be the guy twisting off Andre this time around. Unless you’re still in college, in which case by all means, as you were. 

 

Here are five great sparkling selections to help bid farewell to 2016 and ring in what’s sure to be a better year for everyone. Happy New Year!

 

Bisol Prosecco Superiore ‘Crede’, Brut, Veneto, Italy 2014

$19.98 at The Wine Club San Francisco and Thewineclub.com

 

This is a truly artisanal Prosecco, with grapes coming from hillside vineyards. A far cry from much mass-produced bottlings that can be a bit bland, this has plenty of peach and citrus character. It is remarkably dry and remarkably great value.

 

Alfred Gratien Brut, Champagne, France NV

$31.99 at selectwine.com

 

This stuff is crazy good for the price! Now adopted as a darling of the sommelier community, they use all three champagne grapes and moderate amount of oak-ageing (unusual for Champagne) to produce wines of texture and depth. The finish is dry and chalky.

 

Savart ‘L’Ouverture’ 1er Cru, Champagne, France NV

$45.99 at hitimewine.net

 

This is an excellent example of a golden champagne that is made entirely from red grapes, also known as a Blanc de Noirs. Frederic Savart does everything himself, from his mere ten acres of vines through the cellar. The attention to detail is evident, with this fuller-bodied Champagne showing ripe apple and pear notes on to a stony, dry finish.

 

Under The Wire ‘Alder Springs Vineyard’, Mendocino, Ca 2013

$59.99 at K and L in San Francisco and online

 

Under The Wire is the new sparkling wine project from rising-star winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson. I respect him for having a hyphenated last name, but I respect these unique wines even more.  Pulling from old, dry farmed California vineyards, he produces sparkling wines that are extremely complex. This Rosé shows layered berry fruit accented by smoky, meaty characteristics as well. A sparkling wine that can stand up to New Years Day brunch.

 

Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne’ Blanc de Blancs Brut, Champagne, France 2006 $134.99 at K and L in San Francisco and online

 

Champagnes that are made from 100% Chardonnay are considered to be the most elegant, light on the palate and full of minerality. The house of Taittinger has long specialized in this style and their “Comtes de Champagne” bottling is as good as it gets. Zesty citrus and toasted brioche fill the mouth backed by impressive acidity. Always worth the splurge. 

Martin Sheehan-Stross