5 Sparkling Wine Alternatives for New Year’s Eve
by Abbe Baker
“Often being the drink of choice at the stroke of midnight, Champagne is practically synonymous with New Year’s. But in the huge world of wine, there are a slew of magnificent sparklers to please every palate.
Elevate your holiday gathering and ring in the New Year with one of these fine alternatives.
Oregon Sparkling Wine
‘Founded in 1987 with a focus on producing premium sparkling wines in Oregon’s cool climate, Argyle crafts bubblies using the traditional Champagne method—secondary fermentation in bottle and extended aging on the lees before disgorgement,’ says Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate’s reviewer for the Beaver State. Argyle currently produces 10 sparkling wines, including a Blanc de Blancs, Black Brut made Pinot Noir and a Rosé. ‘Although producers in Champagne are increasingly focused on showcasing specific terroirs, it is still primarily a wine of process, stylistically shaped by the choices of the winemaker. So it’s no surprise that wines like the 2014 Brut Rosé are chasing the heels of Champagne for quality.’”