Houston Bubbles: Your New Year's Eve Champagne and Sparkling Wine Buying Guide

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Photo by Jeremy Parzen
Valdobbiadene -- VAHL-doh-BEE-ah-deh-neh -- is the most famous Prosecco village. But more and more Proseccos are finding their way to the U.S. from Asolo -- AH-zoh-loh -- a village that lies just west of its more famous counterpart.
Loredan Gasparini Asolo Prosecco

Thanks to its low alcohol and all-around approachability, Prosecco is my New Year's Day go-to. I always avoid "banana candy" Prosecco and reach for the fresher and more savory style, like this one. A surefire winner at around $15.

Taittinger Brut La Française

At just over $40, Taittinger is the No. 1 value Champagne on my list, and it's also one of the most food-friendly. Made mostly from Chardonnay (unusual for entry-tier Champagne cuvées), this wine has all the acidity and minerality that I want in Champagne, and even on the lower end of the price spectrum it delivers the quality of wines that cost $10 and $20 more.

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve, my No. 1 pick, stands apart for its intense minerality.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

One of my favorite wine blogs is called Rockss [sic] and Fruit. Its title alone captures one of the things that can make wine great: fruit flavors balanced by minerality. Billecart-Salmon is one of the great names of Champagne and its wines are defined by their intense minerality and delicate but focused fruit flavors. When all the Spec's discounts are applied, this bottle will cost you roughly $46 (see the image at the top of this post), making it my top recommendation for both extreme value and superb quality.

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Houston Wine Merchant

2055 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: General

Richard's Liquor Store

2565 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

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2 comments
vixana
vixana

Remember Robb Walsh used to do a yearly Champagne and sparkler tasting among friends and often the lower price offerings came out on top. Which shows it's a matter of taste I suppose

Brianna8
Brianna8

I was impressed with the pricing  and selection of a new store in my neighborhood called Goody Goody. They promised to beat any pricing at Spec's.

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