New Year’s Eve. It’s a time for reflection and reminiscing, celebrating and cheer. The drink that pairs perfectly with all of these things: sparkling wine. We’ve combed our archives from the past year to bring you our top bubblies to help you ring in 2019. They’re fresh, they’re fun, and they’re full of personality—just like this next year will be. Cheers, Growler Nation. See you on the other side.
The Bubbles (in alphabetical order)
49M Crémant de Loire Brut (chenin blanc/chardonnay; $17–19)
The name references the 49 million bubbles in a typical bottle of sparkling wine, and the wine itself delivers refreshing acidity alongside flavors of lemon zest and Granny Smith, stone-like minerality, and a whiff of bread dough.
Domaine Saint-Rémy Crémant d’Alsace (100% chardonnay; $30–40)
“Crémant” is what you’d call a traditional-method French sparkling wine made anywhere outside of Champagne, and the Domaine Saint-Rémy from Alsace is a stunner. A rich and smooth chardonnay, but with that kind of minerality you’d expect from the region.
Hubert Clavelin Brut-Comté Cremant du Jura (100% chardonnay; $21)
It’s a burnished golden color and smells like pear skins and doughy pastry. A robust yeast character envelops a medium-bodied sip of white fruits, with a fine minerality that peeks through at the end.
Jean Bourdy Cremant du Jura (100% chardonnay; $19)
For biodynamic bubbles, turn to this historic producer as a perfect introduction to the Jura region, and a fine complement to traditional holiday foods.
Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut Rosé (blend of chardonnay and pinot noir; $26)
Made with grapes from the winery’s cool-climate vineyards in Northern California, this bubbly rosé is balanced, refreshing, and bright. Notes of berry come from the Pinot Noir grapes, while the Chardonnay lends zest to the palate.
Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Brut Rosé (91% pinot noir, 9% chardonnay; $65)
This showstopper will turn heads on NYE—it’s a wine that demonstrates the quality possible for sparkling wines from American soil. Starting fruity and yeasty and transitioning to toasty and rich as you sip, this bubbly is as complex as they come.
Vigneto Saetti Rosso Viola Lambrusco (100% Salamino di Santa Croce; $13–20)
Lambrusco, the classic sparkling Italian red, can vary wildly in both quality and expression, so knowing your producer is key. The Vigneto Saetti is certified organically farmed and hand-harvested from 40-year-old vines. Think violets, herbs, and red berries with an endearing effervescent character.