Looking for a cheap champagne to ring in the New Year?
Maybe you shouldn’t bother.
If you want to save some cash, but still have a great-tasting toast, try the many sparkling wines that prove worthy alternatives to champagne. (Also consider grower-producer Champagne, says AJC wine guru Gil Kulers.)
The following three sparkling wines are among the highest rated for taste and price:
Gruet Blanc De Noirs, $16 – A sparkling wine for New Mexico with a blend of fruity flavors.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs, $22 – This smooth sparkling wine hails from California and features lots of ripe fruit flavors.
Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry, $12: From Spain, Cordon Negro Extra Dry was introduced in 1990 to meet demand for a premium sparkling wine that was a bit sweeter than Brut. It is a much loved light, simple cava.
What is filling your glass this New Year’s Eve?
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog