A New Year’s Eve party is simply incomplete without a bottle of bubbly. But with so many options on the market, how can we know what’s the best Champagne to buy? We tapped master of Champagne and SommSelect’s lead sommelier, Mark Osburn, for his top picks of the season, so you can sip on the good stuff when the clock strikes midnight.
This list features Champagne, but it includes a wide range of sparkling wines at varied prices, including everything from brut rosé to cava, because we believe you shouldn’t feel pressured to splurge on the real deal—especially if you’re hosting a crowd. “The term Champagne refers to wine specifically produced in the Champagne region of France, about 100 miles east of Paris,” explains Osburn. “Champagne is best known for its high entry-level prices and close ties with royalty and celebration, which make it perfect for nights like New Year’s Eve. [But] in recent years, alternative sparklers have also grown in popularity, many of which are crafted just like Champagne, but cost far less.”
So, go with cheaper wines or big-batch spritzes and cocktails for large parties and save pricier ones for toasting and intimate get-togethers.
Read on for 13 expert recs that will make your party one for the books.