• Smack dab in the middle of the holidays and some people are lucky enough to have this time off. I was able to sleep in this morning, and then take a leisurely stroll to the coffee shop. I sat down with a peanut butter cookie my mother baked, a book on probabilities in everyday life, and my coffee. It was a pleasant morning. I then let my mind ponder writing about wine.

    Yesterday I had an aged Rioja red wine that paired lovely with my pepperoni pizza.

    Christmas came and went, but New Years Day is awaiting arrival. This brings to mind bubbles. Ahh bubbly wine I love thee so.

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    I strongly suggest celebrating the new year with Champagne. If the authentic French stuff is out of your price range you can always go with the less expensive sparkling wines from various places across the globe.

    One of my faves is:

    Perrier-Jouët NV Champagne

    “Fresh and lively with spiraling bubbles, delicate bouquet, and a subtle complex flavors.

    Serve for all occasions, hors d’oeuvres, caviar, seafood dishes with light elegant sauces, or smoked salmon.”

    If you wish to save a bit of money their are other options:

    Gloria Ferrer NV Blanc de Noir

    A Pinot Noir based sparkling wine that has been consistently lovely for around $15

    “This wine is a showcase for what’s possible when you spend over 25 years coddling and cultivating Carneros Pinot Noir for sparkling wine. Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs is not shy about its Pinot Pedigree. You see it in the light blush coloring, taste it in the fresh berry flavors and feel the lush textures. We left it on the skins a little longer, so you can take a little longer to savor the full montage of flavors.”

    The Barefoot bubbly line is a steal at around $8

    Barefoot Pinot Grigio NV

    “Light and refreshing, tart green apple flavors get down with a white peach undertone. Floral blossoms and citrus aromas do the tango. Light-bodied with a bright finish.”

    Whatever your pocketbook allows, bubbles are my favorite way to ring in the new year.