In preparing for New Year’s Eve, bubbly is very much on my mind. And by bubbly, I mean Champagne. One of my dearest friends has called Champagne nothing more than “bad white wine.” I disagree. At only 90 calories a glass, Champagne helps me prepare for my coming New Year’s diet and usher out the old year in style. For tonight, I will be uncorking some wonderful Champagne to welcome in 2010. I have two affordable favorites to recommend from California to The Recessionista’s readers. My top picks are Tattinger Champagne from Domaine Carneros and Thorton Champagnes from the Thorton Winery in Temecula, California. I must confess, I am very partial to the Domaine Carneros Brut Cuvee is listed on their website for under $30.00 US and has been rated 92 points by wine spectator. However, I have found it for less than $26.00 at Trader Joe’s grocery in California. If you’re in the US, check your local Trader Joe’s for it.
Of course, for many connoisseurs, there is only one source of fine Champagne, and that is France! After all, Champagne takes its name from a province in eastern France, near Paris. Leon Chandon offered many great Champagnes from Reims, France.
After its initial invention a french monk named Dom Perignon remain the jewels of the Champagne world. Check your local wine store today for prices on these two. Korbel Champagne provides another affordable option for your consideration.