Whether you’re throwing a big New Year’s Eve party or celebrating with a loved one from the comfort of your couch, you’ll need one thing to make the night: a quality bottle of bubbly. Luckily, finding a suitable sparkling wine that pleases your palate without depleting your holiday-drained bank account is not an impossible feat. These bottles of sparkling wine and champagne under $40 will help you ring in the New Year right.
If you love a good chardonnay, this champagne will give you that delicate, fruity flavor with some apple, pear, and peach, along with hints of almonds, hazelnuts, and turmeric spices. It uses 40 percent Pinot Noir and 20 percent Chardonnay grapes, is aged for a minimum of three years, and costs far less than competing varieties.
If you’re looking for a not-too-sweet, but not-too-dry sparkling wine to pop when the clock strikes midnight, this 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes will serve you just that. It features notes of apple, pear, citrus fruits, and flower along with aromas of baked apple, spice, and nougat.
Winner of the “Best Sparkling Wine” award at the revered San Francisco Wine Competition in November 2018, you can’t go wrong with this light rosé brut, which rings in at only $22. It features notes of strawberry and black cherry with subtle vanilla highlights, exuding the perfect balance of sweet and crisp.
For $10 a pop, you can’t go wrong with this brut rosé, which features a fruity and vibrant mix of red raspberry, cherries, and pomegranate. While it might not wow your wine connoisseur friends, it will definitely please the palates of party goers as you celebrate well into the a.m. hours of New Year’s Day.
For another low-cost crowd pleaser, try the newest wine in the Cavit Collection. The bottle’s rich appearance (thanks to its gold metallics) makes it appear to be much more expensive than it is. The prosecco itself is off-dry and has a little sweetness to it. It is bright and light with a well-balanced fruit flavor and slight hint of citrus on the nose.
If you’re searching for the perfect balance of dryness, acidity, and fruitiness, Le Grand Courtâge certainly won’t disappoint. It features notes of Meyer lemon, honeydew, and follows with a continuing apple finish. If you’re heading to a NYE party, bring it along with savory hors d’oeuvres, semi soft cheeses or fruity desserts.
Another budget friendly alternative to champagne, this sparkling wine from Treviso, Italy is crisp and bright with those tiny, persistant bubbles. You’ll experience notes of white citrus flower and green apples, along with a surprise finish of a toasted brioche flavor. It’s elegant on its own or a great sparkling wine to add to your New Year’s Eve punch recipes.
Champagne flavor at nearly half the price — not a bad deal! In fact, we’ll call this sparkling brut made in the northeastern French region of Alsace (about an hour and half train ride from Champagne) a total steal since the method of production is quite similar. The only differences are that Crémant d’Alsace uses local grapes, such as Pinot Blanc, and they aren’t aged as long.
England’s leading and largest producer of English Sparkling wine uses the traditional production method for Champagne and features three grape varietals — chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier. It has an elegant flavor featuring aromas of red apple, lemongrass, and freshly baked bread together with wings of strawberry, citrus, and quince on the palate. Fun fact: Chapel Down English Sparkling Wine was served at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee!
As classic as a brut can get, this sparkling white wine from the Arroyo Seco region of California features aromas and flavors of pear and dried apricot with slight hints of creamy crème brulee and apple. Serve with dessert as you ring in the New Year.