Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year’s Eve Party Sparkle

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party Sparkle

Bubbles are synonym with festive times and while Champagne is often the go-to fizz for celebrating, there are many delightful alternatives for all palates and budgets.

Tip: When choosing a bottle, it is helpful to look for the words “Traditional Method”, which means the bubbly is made following a similar process as Champagne, acknowledged as the finest.

Here are seven sparkling wine ideas including Champagne, as well as fizz from different parts of the world, ideal to raise your glass and celebrate the new year.

FRANCE – CHAMPAGNE

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleGosset Excellence Brut NV

€54 – Available at Baggot Street Wines, Martin’s Off Licence

Crisp and balanced, this Champagne combines 30% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier into a toasted and limoncello-like parade of flavours and aromas with the complexity that spending a minimum of 30 months in the cellars before disgorging confers it.

ITALY – PROSECCO

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleRizzardi Prosecco Spumante

€17.95 (on offer from €20.95) – Available at O’Briens Wine

The popular Italian fizz is one of the most affordable options.

This delightful exemplar has very lively bubbles, pleasant citrus and ripe pear aromas.

SPAIN – CAVA

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleFreixenet Cordon Negro Brut

€20 – Available at Tesco

This Spanish sparkler is made in the same style as Champagne but with different grapes.

It treats you to elegant and fresh green apple and ripe lemon notes.

CALIFORNIA – SPARKLING CHARDONNAY

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleScharmberg Blanc de Blancs 2014

€40 – Available at O’Briens Wine

This Californian sparkling wine is made with the Méthode Traditionelle and it offers a fresh and electrifyingly fizzy palate.

Zesty limes, green apples and nectarines take over in this elegant and fresh bubbly.

ITALY – FRANCIACORTA

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleBellavista Franciacorta

€52.99 – Independent off-licences including Terroirs, Donnybrook Fair, The Wine Centre (Kilkenny) and Searsons Wine Merchants

A sophisticated Italian fizz that is closer to Champagne than to Prosecco. It’s complex, with zesty notes and a toasted character. Long lasting, vibrant bubbles.

FRANCE – CRÉMANT

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleAldi Crémant du Jura

€11.99 – Aldi

This Traditional Method French bubbly is one of the best value sparkling wines out there.

Light, floral and very fizzy, it is a secret weapon and a sparkling wine which absolutely punches above its weight.

GERMANY – PERLWEIN

Seven Bubbles from Around the World to Make your New Year's Eve Party SparkleFritz Müller Müller-Thurgau Perlwein

€16.95 – Donnybrook Fair and selected independents

Prosecco’s German doppelgänger is a floral surprise. This peachy German Perlwein is an unexpected crowd pleaser.

Lovely mix of apple blossom, nectarines and a delicate mineral note. Fresh and delicate, one to drink outside of the box.

ARTICLE BY GABY GUEDEZ

Gaby ProfileGabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.

Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.

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