Yesterday Eric Asimov of the New York Times shared his picks for value bubbles this holiday season, all of which come from the US and all are between $17 – $29.
Earlier in the story he explained that quality Champagne, the real stuff that comes from France, can’t often be found for less then $35.
This got me thinking and wondering about how much VineSleuth readers are willing to pay for sparklers, whether that be for an everyday bubbly, or Champagne or other bubbles for a special occasion.
For me, I can range between $15 up to about $100, depending on the situation at hand. I think I most often spend about $20- $50, with a few of my latest favorites being Cordon Rouge from G.H. Mum at about $45 (My husband even likes this one and he’s not one who is much for bubbles.) and Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc ($37 and my neighbor’s favorite. It’s great to have a neighbor who enjoys bubbles, by the way!). In October, I tried Chateau Frank Celebre ($20) from New York’s Finger Lakes for the first time and really enjoyed it. And in November I was introduced to Jansz Premium NV Cuvee just after judging wines for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition. Jansz quickly made its way into my rotation. It is a fantastic sparkler from Tasmania that I think tastes much more then the $20 it costs.
But my decisions and budget shouldn’t dictate what you spend. And I’d love to know what YOU are drinking and what YOU are looking to spend.
So, if you’re willing to share, what is your usual budget for bubblies? And does it go up during the holidays?