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Six Sparkling Wines to Add a Spark to Your Holiday Parties

Celebrate an end to a dreadful year with bubbles. Lots of bubbles.

 

Maybe you’d like to celebrate the holidays. Maybe you just need to drown the end of 2017 in a tidal wave of grape juice. Whatever the reason—and we don’t judge—nothing compliments your end of the year celebrations quite like sparkling wine. Here are six of our favorite local bottles. Here’s to a better 2018.

Belden Barns Blanc de Noirs ($38)
With hints of cherries and citrus fruit and a light but complex finish, this first-of-its-kind vintage from Belden Barns is the perfect gift for someone new to sparkling wines. Or, heck, for yourself too.

Domaine Carneros 2014 Brut Rosé ($39)
This relatively-affordable bottle from the eco-friendly winery is easy to sip, perfect for those who would like something a little more pink in their glasses.

Benovia Russian River Valley Blanc de Blancs ($50)
Impress your snobby friends with the notes of citrus and creamy full flavor in this hard-to-find artisanal sparkler from Benovia, best known for its still pinot noir, chardonnay, and zinfandel.

Goldeneye Anderson Valley Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine ($56)
Many people believe that Anderson Valley is the best region in California to grow grapes for sparkling wine. We’re not here to play sides, but the Goldeneye makes a strong case for its home region. You really can’t miss with this honey-kissed sparkler.

Sea Smoke L.D. ‘Sea Spray’ Sparkling Wine ($80)
A hip brand coveted by the cognoscenti, this rare and delicate treat is worth the search. A floral nose meets a refreshing, complex, and silky feel on the palate.

Schramsberg 2006 Reserve (1.5 L Magnum) ($240)
Schramsburg is one of the most respected sparkling wine producers in America. The quality of their bubbles is hard to match, and if you show up to your next party with a magnum you’ll steal the spotlight.

 

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