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Festive Bubbles — From Budget to Baller

Let’s talk wine inclusion. You all know that I love Champagne. As we near the close of one year and move into the excitement of the next, this is also the season where those of us in the wine industry commonly make a list of our Champagne recommendations for New Year’s Eve.

As I was preparing my list to share with you, I thought to myself, “who are you fooling? If you were not in the industry, what is the likelihood you’d be drinking Champagne this year?” (Yup, I keep it real with myself). 

I remember the nights when I toasted the new year with a $10 Prosecco. I’ve had $10 years; I have had ONE year where I sipped on Cristal Rosé Champagne (which happened to be a gift) and every price point in between. 

The best bottles? I admit that if your palate and budget are ready for vintage champagne, they are glorious! However, gratitude makes wine taste better. Be grateful and celebrate. No matter if you are on a budget or balling out, enjoy your celebration!

Great glasses of bubbly come in all different price points, and are great for different reasons. Whether it’s not in your budget or you simply prefer Champagne alternatives to ring in the new year, we’ve got you covered.

Without further ado, here are 9 DELICIOUS sparkling wine recommendations from BUDGET TO BALLER for all your NYE bash needs! Don’t forget to follow the Shall We Wine channel on YouTube for more exclusive content and to stay in the know with cool wine recommendations!

Note: The prices mentioned are an average. Be sure to check your local stores for pricing. Photos of wines featured are included in the gallery (from lowest cost to highest).

Wine List:

Henri LEBLANC Blanc de Blancs Brut France, $5.99-7.99

Pol Clément Rosé Sec, France $8.99-10.99

Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d’Acqui, Italy $20

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace, France $25

Ricci Curbastro Brut Franciacorta, Italy $30

Champagne Vincent Couche Chloé, $60

Champagne Thiénot Brut Rosé, $60-65

Champagne Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle, $150

Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004, $250

Regine Rousseau

Regine Rousseau is the CEO of Shall We Wine, author of Searching for Cloves and Lilies. She is a TV personality. Rousseau holds a Level II Certification from the International Sommerlier Guild and a Bourbon Stewart Certification from Stave and Thief.

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