Best Champagne and Sparkling Wines for a Celebration

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Nothing says "celebrate" quite like a good bottle of bubbly! Whether you are looking for a Champagne or sparkling wine to bring in the New Year, toast a marriage or simply to enjoy with a bowl of buttered popcorn, there are plenty of options at just as many price points. Here are some solid sparkling wine selections.

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    If you are looking for a full-fledged French champagne to sip and celebrate the New Year, then look no further than the Piper-Heidsieck non-vintage Brut. This is a beautiful bubbly with the right mix of yeasty notes and zesty citrus, well managed vibrant fruit and smoky minerality, engaging luxury and practical accessibility all wrapped up into a single bottle of celebration. Offering elegance, solid structure, rich textures, a medium body with fine bubbles, and finishing with purity and...MORE persistence, this Brut is a perfect pick for toasting.

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    The Pol Roger Non-Vintage Brut is a bone dry, built on equal proportions of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and presents a stunning rendition warm baking spice, sweet florals and undeniable citrus scents on the nose. On the palate expect fresh citrus to debut again with the tart nuances of Granny Smith apple, a swirl of deep-seated minerality and an ongoing elegance. The finish is round and persistent.

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    This delightful cuvée is built on 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay and carries ripe strawberry fruit grounded in warm spice and rich creamy textures with a swirl of vanilla and toasty notes. A perfect pick for serving up with a variety of appetizers, this extremely food-friendly bubbly will mix and mingle with everything from smoked salmon-inspired hors d'oeuvres to sushi and lamb or pork themes.

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    The Veuve Clicquot Brut is a classic champagne, that's reasonably priced and full of fragrant flavor. Check out the stone fruit and nutty note on the palate and the glittering combination of minerality and mouth-watering acidity on the finish. If you've been looking to try the "real deal" in Champagne adventures without paying top dollar, this one is worth a go.

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    Blanc de noirs (or a white wine made from red grapes) offers plenty of ripe red fruit to engage the aromatics and the palate profile. Beginning with bright cherry and a dash of strawberry while embracing a rounded mid-palate and a persistent, well-maintained finish.

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    One of Spain's most beloved sparkling wines, the Freixenet Sparkling Cordon Negro Brut brings a blend of three distinctly Spanish grapes: Macabeo, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. Well-balanced acidity allows the fruit to really shine with lemon, lime and green apple rounding out the mix.

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    While many are familiar with J Vineyards Russian River Valley Cuvée 20, this stellar Brut Rose is made with Pinot Noir fans clearly in mind. Carrying 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier at 12.5% alcohol, expect a lively, versatile and well-managed blush-colored brut. Showcasing elegant red cherry fruit, with a smidge of strawberry and bright, engaging acidity, followed by a lingering, decidedly dry finish.

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    Love the strawberry components of this sparkler, with plenty of citrus nuances to go hand in hand with the lively acidity and overall elegant style and structure of this well-priced bubbly from Napa Valley. 

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    Always elegant, well-priced, and brimming over with a heady mix of green apple, citrus, and peach generously enveloped in toasty, freshly baked bread nuances, this grand brut from Perrier-Jouet is a go-to bottle for anything calling for celebration. Perfect for pairing with smoked salmon and lox, baked brie topped with fruit themes or nuts and spice, and appetizers with a decent dose of cream or butter, the balance, acidity, and bubbles of this b rut cut through heavy dishes with ease revealing...MORE extraordinary pairings in unexpected places.

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    Check out the apple crisp and fresh baked bread aromas on the nose.  Then there is the engaging palate combination of citrus and apple mingling with mouth-watering acidity on the finish. A gold standard in mid-level champagne, offering the essence of true blue French champagne without the over-the-top pricing.

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    The Pommery Brut Royal is a staple for value bubbly from Champagne. Rich, ripe and elegant with citrus fruit making the initial show, followed by a touch of apple and pear sealed with toasty vanilla tones.

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    The warm scents of spice-laden, baked apple pie dominate the nose of the Roederer Estate Brut sparkling wine. The 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir of estate-grown fruit brings considerable complexity and a lively mix of pear, citrus and cherry pie fruit to the palate's forefront in a wave of vanilla and toasty yeast-filled character. Medium-bodied with a depth and finesse that go way beyond the price point, this is a top-notch bubbly for the holidays and any day. Pair with smoked salmon,...MORE oysters, lobster, a variety of rich hors d'oeuvres, or sushi.