From authentic French Champagnes to crowd-pleasing proseccos and moscatos from Italy to generation-next producers right here in the U.S., bubbles abound for holiday toasting.
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Picking the right bubbly means matching the occasion—if it’s just you and your beloved, splurge on “real” Champagne and look for lesser-known producers at wine shops where the staff has actually tasted what they sell.
If you’re looking for big volume without sacrificing quality, there are a number of domestic brands like Domaine Chandon or Domaine Carneros that combine good-value California wine with French technique.
And if you’re looking to make cocktails, consider the excellent sparkling proseccos from Mionetto, which are perfect for mixing up a signature sipper. Experiment with unusual juices or herbs and perfect your own “Champagne” cocktail. I like Mionetto with a dash of St. Germain liqueur and a freshly-picked, upside-down lavender frond for a swizzle stick. Cheers.