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It wouldn't be a proper hello to 2011 without a glass of sparkling wine in your hand as the clock approaches midnight. But French Champagne can be pretty pricey.
We've got five bubblies to recommend, a mix of Cava, Prosecco, sparkling wine and sparkling Rosé, none of which cost more than $22 a bottle. Cheers!
Domaine Chandon Extra-Dry Riche, California ($22)
If you're not a fan of sweet sparkling wines then give this one a whirl. Touted as "extra-dry," we found that it actually was on the drier side. Floral aromas deepen into a palate with rich apricot notes before wrapping up in a finish accented by lemon.
Suggested pairings: Extremely versatile, it can match with just about anything.
Reginato Winery "Celestina" Rosé of Malbec 2008, Mendoza, Argentina ($20)
Notes of baked strawberries and rhubarb cascade into a complex, spicy sparkling wine with good mouthfeel and a clean finish. In the glass, this wine is a deep pink, a cross between fuchsia and garnet.
Suggested pairings: Spicy foods
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco, Italy ($10)
Notes of creamy nectarines and melons produce a sparkling wine that's sweet on the palate but coasts into a smooth, clean finish.
Suggested pairings: Nonchocolate desserts, such as cupcakes, cookies or layered cakes