April 2019

Buy 2002 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque Brut Champagne, $124.99

 

Buy 2002 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque Brut Champagne, $124.99, at klwines.com

  • Gorgeous flavors with a hint of sweet caramel
  • Notes of Granny Smith apple, citrus, and yeast
  • Elegant, long finish

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Buy G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, $75

 

Buy  G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, $75, at 1-877-spirits.com

  • Notes of lemon-lime and red grape
  • Creamy, full-bodied, and bold

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Buy Paul Bara NV Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru, $48.95

 

Buy Paul Bara NV Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru, $48.95, at napacabs.com

  • Hints of red cherry and summer strawberries with underlying note of black pepper
  • Precisely produced by a small Champagne estate
  • Well-balanced

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Buy Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne NV, $47.95

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Buy Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne NV, $47.95, morrellwine.com

  • Rich and full-bodied, yet subtle
  • Exotic flavors of coconut and sweet fruit

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Buy Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut Cava, $12.99

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Buy Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut Cava, $12.99, shoppersvineyard.com

  • Unique blend of Chardonnay with Cava’s classic grape trio
  • Fresh floral aromas
  • Light and lively

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Buy Sorelle Bronca Prosecco, $16.99

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Buy Sorelle Bronca Prosecco, $16.99, klwines.com

  • Made quarterly by two sisters
  • One of the most elegant Proseccos
  • Delicate floral, orange blossom, and almond

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Buy Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake, $8.99

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Buy Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake, $8.99, at klwines.com

  • Typical sake rice wine in a fun, sparkling format
  • Light sweetness makes it a great pairing with sugar cookies

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Champagne & Sparkling Wine: Fill Your Glasses for New Year’s Eve Toasts!

By Anu Karwa

To some, New Year’s Eve means going all out to go out, from getting a blow-out to blowing your holiday gift card loot on a spangly, sequined minidress. To others, New Year’s Eve means cozying up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and your sweetheart. But to all, New Year’s Eve means Champagne and sparkling wine. No matter how you choose to usher in 2011, here are our bubbly picks to fill your Champagne glass when you ring in the New Year.

A Bottle of Champagne on New Year’s Eve for a Romantic Night for Two
If you plan on spending a secluded New Year’s Eve with only a fireplace keeping you and your S.O. company, add a bottle of the elegant 2002 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque Brut Champagne to the mix.
Buy 2002 Perrier-Jouët Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque Brut Champagne, $124.99, at klwines.com

New Year’s Eve Party Fun Plus Champagne at Your Place
You’ve got company coming. Want to kick the classiness up a notch from your usual house wine, but not blow the bank entirely? Try the Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne NV.
Buy Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne NV, $47.95, morrellwine.com

Impress the Hostess at Her New Year’s Eve Soirée with a Bottle of Bubbly
Tell the hostess to put this G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne aside for herself for the countdown. You’re guaranteed an invitation back next year.
Buy G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne, $75, at 1-877-spirits.com

Low-Key Cuddling Plus Pink Champagne for a Happy New Year’s Eve
You and your sweetie are cuddling up, and there’s take-out Thai food on the table. The Paul Bara NV Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru reminds you it’s still the start to a new year, without going overboard.
Buy Paul Bara NV Brut Grand Rosé Grand Cru, $48.95, at napacabs.com

Swap Beer for Champagne at Your New Year’s Eve Bacchanal
If iPod blaring, noisemakers, and 2011 glasses are a must at your New Year’s Eve blowout, quantity is key. But skip the keg and opt for this bargain bubbly instead. Anna De Codorniu Brut Cava can be poured all night long. Hangover not included.
Buy Codorniu Anna de Codorniu Brut Cava, $12.99, shoppersvineyard.com

Brunch Bellinis & Mimosas with Prosecco to Start the New Year
If your focus is on the next morning (or afternoon by the time you drag yourself out of bed), choose Sorelle Bronca Prosecco as the perfect mixer for mimosas and bellinis.
Buy Sorelle Bronca Prosecco, $16.99, klwines.com

For an Avant Garde New Year, Serve Sparkling Sake
If you like to buck tradition and eschew watching the ball drop, try the Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake for something more unusual in your Champagne glass.
Buy Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake, $8.99, at klwines.com

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Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor
Anu Karwa has been called a no-nonsense walking 411 for a new generation of female wine drinkers and home entertainers since she launched Swirl Events, an in-home and corporate wine tasting events company with a fresh, hip spin. For anyone who thinks Perez Hilton should be required reading . . . Read more of Anu’s picks

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Fabulous Fall Wines Under $15

By Anu Karwa

The onset of fall doesn’t just shift your fashion choices from bright white to winter white, sandals to ballet flats. It subtly alters what you feel like drinking. To ease the transition to cooler weather, here are our top wine picks for fall. And in case you’ve spent your savings on the latest fall fashion, these bottles are all under $15!

From Our White Wine Tastings

Sparkling Wine:
Sorelle Bronca Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene NV, Veneto, Italy

Organically grown and estate-bottled quarterly by 2 sisters, this is Prosecco at its best. It’s clean and crisp with pure pear flavors—a welcome way to kick off any dinner party.
Buy Sorelle Bronca Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene NV, Veneto, Italy, $13.98, at hopsandgrapesonline.com

California White Wine:
Clayhouse Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Paso Robles, California

It’s often assumed New-World Sauvignon Blanc is over-the-top citrusy and a tart bomb. This wine shows the complexity and mineral character a Sauvignon Blanc can have, making it appropriate for cooler weather.
Buy Clayhouse Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Paso Robles, California, $14, at clayhousewines.com

Chardonnay from California:
Johnson Family Chardonnay, 2008, Sonoma, California

A medium-to-full-bodied, well-balanced Chardonnay with oak that doesn’t hit you over the head but warms you up just a bit.
Buy Johnson Family Chardonnay, 2008, Sonoma, California, $13.99, at astorwines.com

A Blended White Wine:
Vina Robles White 4, 2008, Paso Robles, California

An interesting blend from a region that deserves more attention for its white wine, this is a medium-bodied wine with underlying almond notes. Perfect for brunch.
Buy Vina Robles White 4, 2008, Paso Robles, California, $14.99, at heightschateau.com

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Our Red Wine Review

Red Wine from California:
Crew Wine Company Matchbook Tempranillo, 2007, Dunnigan Hills, California

Tempranillo should become the official wine of fall with its smokiness, tart cherry notes, and spiciness. Here, the Tempranillo grape is assisted by Graciano and Petite Sirah. Even the name warms you up.
Buy Crew Wine Company Matchbook Tempranillo, 2007, Dunnigan Hills, California, $11.99, at winehouse.com

Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot Wine Blend:
Kanonkop Kadette, 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Pencil shavings and tobacco might not sound like ideal descriptors for something you drink, but with wine, those words are heaven to some, this drinker being one. This autumnal red is a smooth yet smoky blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.
Buy Kanonkop Kadette, 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa, $13.49, at wine.com

Perfect Pinot Noir:
J. Heinrich Blaufrankisch, 2008, Burgenland, Austria

One of the most popular requests wine writers receive is for picks of Pinot Noir around $15, which is nearly impossible to supply. However, if you love Pinot Noir and want a bargain, check out Blaufrankisch from Austria. Its style is very similar to Pinot Noir.
Buy J. Heinrich Blaufrankisch, 2008, Burgenland, Austria, $15, at plonkwinemerchants.com

Super Fruity Red Wine:
The Messenger Telegram Red Wine, Napa, California

If a juicy, fruit-forward fruit bomb is what you’re craving, this hits the spot. Excellent with pizza.
Buy The Messenger Telegram Red Wine, Napa, California, $14, at girlsinthevineyard.com

Argentine Red Wine:
Doña Paula Estate Malbec, 2008, Mendoza, Argentina

No list of bargain wines would be complete without a Malbec. This example has more silkiness than expected, with smooth tannins, a lush feel, and the requisite plum and dark berry flavors for which Malbec is known. A good buy at this price.
Buy Doña Paula Estate Malbec, 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, $13.49, at wine.com

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Anu Karwa, Epicurean Contributing Editor
Anu Karwa has been called a no-nonsense walking 411 for a new generation of female wine drinkers and home entertainers since she launched Swirl Events, an in-home and corporate wine tasting events company with a fresh, hip spin. For anyone who thinks Perez Hilton should be required reading . . . Read more of Anu’s picks

Buy Doña Paula Estate Malbec, 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, $13.49

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Buy Doña Paula Estate Malbec, 2008, Mendoza, Argentina, $13.49, at wine.com

  • Silky Malbec with smooth tannins
  • Lush taste with plum and dark berry flavors
  • A good buy at this price

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Fabulous Fall Wines Under $15
By Anu Karwa

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