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How to choose the perfect Champagne for New Year’s Eve

I feel like we always have this moment when we are going out to pick up a bottle of Champagne , and we just stand there, we stare at all the bottles and we don’t know what to look or what to buy for New Year’s Eve for our friend’s or family house party. I decided to bring you some ideas as well as some important definitions that you need to know before you get your bubbles for your big night.

First of all, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a refine, fresh and beautiful Champagne, there are products for every budget, and also for every occasion.  Another common mistake is assuming that all wine containing bubbles is called “Champagne”. There are other types of excellent sparkling wines made around the world using the same method, and the good news is that they are usually less expensive.

Champagne serving

Sparkling wine: Any “effervescent” wine made outside of Champagne.

Price range 15$-35$


Look for language like Prosecco (“Spumante“) which is an Italian sparkling wine, the name is derived from that of the Italian village of Prosecco near Trieste, where the grape may have originated. Here is my suggestion for an Italian Prosecco : Ruffino Prosecco available at the SAQ.


Look for Cava (“Vino Espumoso”) which is a Spanish sparkling wine of Denominación de Origen status, most of which is produced in Catalonia. Cava is an important part of Catalan and Spanish family tradition and is often consumed at celebrations like baptisms, marriages, banquets, dinners and parties.

Recaredo Gran Reserva

California, USA

Most California sparkling wines are made in the Méthode Champenoise  style with many of the wineries calling their product “sparkling wine”.

You will find that many sparkling wine producers are found in the cooler California regions and the majority of these use the same grapes, primarily pinot noir and chardonnay.  Here are my suggestions for Sparkling wines from California available at the SAQ:

Mum Napa Mum Napa Rosé

Quebec, Canada

During the fall we visited the Orpaialleur Vineyard in Eastern Townships in Quebec, Canada and we fall in love with this beautiful product.  Since we always encourage local products, this one is worth mentioning, the sparkling wine is well balanced, dry and has a fresh taste. So go ahead and find L’Orpailleur Brut at the SAQ.

Orpailleur Brut


Price range (60$ and up)

Technically, Champagne comes from the Champagne region in Northern France. In the European Union, and in countries that have agreed trade deals with the EU, only champagne from that region in France can use the name. The wine is also made according to the specialized Champagne method.

Winston Churchill once said, “In Success you deserve it and in defeat, you need it,” he understood the true value of Champagne.  Trust me once you try Champagne, you’ll never go back to anything else!!!!!.

Moët Chandon Impérial 63$

My personal favorite is Moët Chandon Impérial, because of its fruity scents and endless bubbles, but mostly because my Dad would always drink Moët Chandon Imperial during Christmas or New Years and I guess I am kind of attached to it because it brings me back good memories from my childhood.


Veuve Cliquot 68$

Next one on the line up will be the famous Widow, I mean “Veuve Cliquot”, besides their magnificent marketing brand and beautiful boxes and bottles with a nice orange summer color, this dry sparkling wine features floral, fruity, incredibly fine bubbles and perfect acidity.

veuve cliquot 1

And last but not least “Champagne Rosé” which is a blended wine between pinot noir and chardonnay, unique about the color and taste, and it is also more romantic. My suggestions for this New Year’s Eve are Moët Chandon Rosé 75$and Veuve Cliquot Rosé 83$

Veuve Cliquot Rosé VC Rosé VC Rosé

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Cheers and Happy New Year from!!!!!!!!!!!

For more information on Champagnes and Sparkling wines, visit SAQ website

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