the nye champagne index
It’s an age old dilemma, “Which bottle of bubbly should I pop when the clocks strike 12 on New Year’s Eve?” There are a lot of factors to take into consideration — not to mention the variety of options. But like most major decisions, it boils down to money. Sure a $5 jug of brut exists, but will you pay for it in headaches the next day?
With your wallet and well-being in mind, we’ve broken down the best selection of champagne on the market by price tag in order to help you choose the perfect vintage to have chilling in your ice box for tomorrow night.
the damage: $6 on sale – Cook’s is always on sale
who and where: Yes, it’s regarded as the best cheap champagne out there, but unless you still live in a dorm room, we suggest you throw down a little extra to celebrate – New Years doesn’t happen everyday. For those of you in dorm rooms, go for it! Just remember the drinking age is 21.
the damage: $17
who and where: Hipsters, fashionistas, mods, and indie royalty – basically anyone who’s ever considered faking an English accent and wouldn’t be caught dead in Sears. A light, refreshing prosecco – Italy’s answer to champagne — this bottle scores points for taste and design. And you can’t go wrong with “Martini” on the label.
the damage: $30
who and where: The name alone is exciting. The bottle is clean and chic and anything “extra” for thirty bucks is a score. The sparkling libation is just right for a small, chic dinner party, especially when paired with rich desserts.
Moet & Chandon “Imperial” Champagne (formerly known as White Star)
the damage: $35
who and where: This bottle is perfect for those of us who are finally making enough to open a savings account. Sure, you may only be stashing away a ten spot a month, but you’ve got big plans and busting the cork on this bubbly says so. In fact, not only does this vintage boast a delicate, peachy taste, it’s packed with confidence, so much that Moet & Chandon knew they could change it’s name without losing it’s fans base. Now that’s gutsy.
the damage: $55
who and where: For lovers, artists, romantics and anyone else who’s not afraid of pink alcohol. A tried and true classic, this bottle works in settings as diverse as Swiss bungalows, tiny bistros or a decked-out home kitchen.
the damage: $75
who and where: If you’re willing to shell out 75 big ones, you might as well share the wealth. Make it a crowd scene, but gently suggest invitees bring a little something as well. When the ball drops make sure you’re the one who pops the top on this one – and takes the first sip.
the damage: $160
who and where: Possibly the most famous name in champagne, we don’t need to explain why Dom Perignon is on our list. If you’ve had it before, you know it’s worth drinking again. If this is your first time, make sure your bank balance can handle the hangover.
the damage: $250 large
who and where: The pricey bottle of champers du jour — the Ace of Spades will set you back a pretty penny. But if you’ve got plans to spend NYE with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, or anyone of that ilk, then by all means — indulge.
Remember: As a rule tartelettes are prepared for anything and always drink responsibly.
The author will be drinking Martini & Rossi Prosecco tomorrow night, and yes, she has considered faking an English accent at least once in her life.