Champagne brings a celebratory joyousness to any occasion and not even the finest wine can compete with the euphoria people feel when drinking champagne. And I believe a key element in being a Fine Living Enthusiast is acknowledging that everyday is special; and therefore, worthy of celebration. For example, my wife and I popped open a bottle of champagne simply because it was 09-09-09. How’s that for using any excuse to celebrate?
Drinking champagne doesn’t have to be a budget buster. And you don’t have to sacrifice flavor either.
Here are our Fave Five :
- Piper Sonoma NV Brut $14.99
- Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut $16.99
- Jacob’s Creek Brut Cuvée $9.99
- Mumm Napa Brut Prestige $17.99
- Roederer Estate Brut NV $19.99
One of our long-time favorite champagnes is Piper Sonoma NV Brut. This California sparkler has a complex bread-yeast bouquet, possessing an exquisite flavor and a wonderful citrus finish.
Gloria Ferrer, another California sparkling wine has a pleasing nuttiness, an apple harvest taste along with the classic toast flavor.
Jacob’s Creek hails from Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa Valley, in South Australia. However, the grapes for this Brut NV Chardonnay/Pinot Noir sparkler are sourced from vineyards located throughout South East Australia. This sparkling wine has a very gentle, citrusy aroma and a high, yet pleasing acidic flavor, mixed nicely with a bit of soft creaminess. The finish is crisp and clean.
Mumm Napa Brut Prestige is a non-vintage sparkling wine with a citrus and hint of raspberry aroma. The spice, apple and cinnamon flavors may remind you of those wonderful smells on Thanksgiving morning with your mom already busy cooking in the kitchen.
Roederer comes from a very champagne house but this bottle is bargain priced. This sparkler is very complex and is crisp with a full body. Flavors of apple, citrus and caramel shine through.
There are plenty of value-priced champagnes available, providing a perfect opportunity to share a bottle with your sweetheart tonight in an impromptu celebration. Enjoy!