Nothing marks a brand-spankin' new year like bubbles. We're talkin' champagne, prosecco, and sparkling wine. If you're hosting, you want to stock up. If you're a guest, you want to do your due diligence and bring a bottle or two as a gift to the host (or to have as your own personal bottle to pop at midnight).
Make a toast to the New Year—and all of your fat-burning and muscle-building resolutions to come—with one of these effervescent bottles, ordered from most to least expensive.
Don't let the brilliant pink hue of this Prestige Rosé from Champagne Taittinger fool you into thinking this luxurious bottle is just for the ladies. Aromas of freshly crushed wild raspberry, cherry, and blackcurrant on the nose, and a full-bodied palate make these bubbles perfect for any occassion, but especially for pairing with a late-night dessert on New Year's Eve. ($86, taittinger.com)
One of the finest champagnes for the price, this bottle of Laurent-Perrier's Ultra Brut champagne is steeped in both history and flavor. In 1889, Mathilde Perrier created the Grand Vin sans Sucre, a champagne which had no added sweetener (also referred to as no-dosage) and was produced until World War I. In 1981, the house revived this popular style to create the Ultra Brut champagne, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with a lively acidity and crisp minerality. ($79.99, laurent-perrier.com)
Veuve Clicquot's rosé champagne will be celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018 (it was first blended by the legendary Madame Clicquot in 1818), making it a particularly special bottle of bubbly to toast the New Year. The luminous copper-orange color invites you to discover aromas of fresh red fruits, almonds, and freshly baked brioche on the nose, while a sip or two reveals a full-bodied character on the palate. ($60, veuveclicquot.com)
With a Wine Spectator score of 91 and The Tasting Panel score of 92, it's hard to go wrong with Moët & Chandon's Impérial Brut. The bubbly made a splash with its emergence in 1869, standing out as a fruity yet elegant variety. Its distinct flavor (peach, apple, pear, citrus) is practically impossible to replicate as it's made with more than 100 different wines, about a third of which are reserve. It's deliciously complex and a hit for New Year's or a dinner party, pairing perfectly with seafood, poultry, and desserts like a peach tart. If you want to be the man of the hour, you can also bring the Moët Impérial Golden Sparkle Bottle or the Moët Impérial Golden Sparkle Gift Box to dazzle your friends. ($51, reservebar.com)
This well-priced bottle has all of the traditional trappings you'd find from the big-name champagne houses—a crisp texture, smooth finish, and expressive aromas—without the sticker shock. For under $40, this special-occassion bubbly offers notes of crisp apple and white pear on the nose, with subtle flavors of almond, buttered toast, and baking spices on the palate. ($35.99, ninetypluscellars.com)
Direct from the heart of the Prosecco region in Valdobbiadene, Italy, this limited-edition anniversary bottle from Mionetto is best popped when celebrating something special—like the start of a new year. The bright apple/pear aromas and velvety texture of this liquid gold pair nicely with an assortment of desserts and even shellfish or fish dishes. ($25, mionetto.com)
At less than $15 a pop, you can grab more than a few bottles of this prosecco from 90+ Cellars for your New Year's Eve celebration and still have some cash left for 2018. Fragrant aromas of fresh peaches, along with hints of ginger and lilac, arise from the glass to reveal foamy bubbles and flavors of crisp citrus fruit on the palate, making this an all-around great bottle for the price. ($11.99, ninetypluscellars.com)