Bubbles for Every Budget 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It's a shame to relegate sparkling wine to special occasions—even though there's no denying more bubbly corks will be popped on New Year's Eve than any other time of year. The good news is, you don't have to break the bank to enjoy a celebratory toast. Here are three sparkling wines priced to fit three different budgets, and they're all well worth their cost.

2015 Saint-Hilaire Brut, $13.99

Before there was Champagne, there was Saint-Hilaire, whose sparkling wine production predates its more famous neighbor by more than 100 years. The 2015 offers reserved yeasty aromas with a touch of bitter herb. It's a plush, round, ripe wine with lightly sweet apple flavors and earthy undertones—a real crowd pleaser and a bargain.

2014 Raventos i Blanc de Nit Rose, $27

A torrent of tiny bubbles explode volcanically in this lightest of pink pours. Tinges of mineral and flint color the fresh strawberry-smoothie aromas. Creamy citrus flavors dominate the palate, backed by soft red fruit with orange and lime zest on the finish. Made with indigenous grape varieties, this takes Spanish sparkling wine to a whole new level.

Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve, $60

The nose of this pour is beautifully perfumed with fresh lemon, lime and green apple aromas spiked with a hint of bread dough. The constantly evolving palate starts with blood orange and nectarine, then adds touches of strawberry, persimmon, apple and even caramel. Crisp, balanced and elegant, this one is definitely worth the holiday splurge.


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