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Champagne to Get You Buzzzzed This NYE

by Komal Patel
Champagne To Get Buzzed on This New Years Eve


So, if you follow me on Instagram @sweetandmasala, you know that every Wednesday I do a #winewednesday post, chronically different wines from all around the world.

Well, today, I decided to bring my Insta Series to life and do a blog post on what Champagne to sip on this New Year’s Eve.

You can thank me later.

But first….

Why do we drink Champagne on NYE?

I mean, besides the obvi, its FUCKING DELICIOUS; full of carbonated bubbles which just scream for a good time, and, in my opinion, Champagne has a whole, let’s celebrate vibe, don’t you think?

Really though.

A little background for ya….

Like most things, the history of Champagne revolves around religion, royalty, old, rich, white dude and of course, good marketing.

In the 5th century there was a King who switched over to Catholicism. On Christmas Day he was baptized in the Champagne region of France and was baptized with local Champs.  

In years after that all the royals and aristocrats started to enjoy the adult beverage, but the one problem was that the glass bottles they came in would constantly explode at any time with no warning.

One of the most prominent Champagne Houses, Dom Perignon, figured out how to keep the wine pressured, drop the price and market it to all of us peasants! Since it was known that Champs was for people on the higher end of the stick, the drink become an aspiration for people to get.

Since commoners couldn’t afford to drink it all the time, it became the drink of choice for special occasions, including New Years. Newspapers and magazines caught on and began pushing ads for Champs over the holidays

The more you know, right?

Now that the history lesson is over, it’s time for the good stuff.

The Best Bottles of Champagne to Get Your Buzz on This New Years Eve

On a Budget

Freixenet “Carta Nevada” brut cava, Spain, $9.99
You’ve had the Freixenet brut cava from the matte black bottle — aka “Black Bottle Bubbly.” Try something new at the exact same price point.

Boyer Blanc de Blancs, France, $11.95
It’s from France. It’s made in méthode champenoise (the labor-intensive process used in making Champagne, where secondary fermentation happens inside the bottle and thus creates bubbles), from one of the three grapes allowed in Champagne. And it’s easily, often mistaken for Champagne. If you’re only going to buy one case, this is it.

La Marca Prosecco, Italy, $13.99
This bottle has a special place in my cold heart; its affordable, delicious, and makes me think, “if my walls could talk.”

Lini 910 “Labrusca” lambrusco rosso, Italy, $14.99
It’s red, it’s sparkling, what more could you possibly want? Tastes like god damn juice and goes amazing with Parmesan cheese for Emilia Romagna.

Champagne To Get Buzzed on This New Years Eve

Try Something New

Berlucchi Rosé, Franciacorta, DOCG, Italy, $39

If you like the richness and complexity of Champagne, try Franciacorta, Italy’s answer to Champagne.

Domaine Huet, Cuvée Huet Brut, Sparkling Vouvray, France, $28

Vouvray is made from Chenin Blanc and can be produced in virtually any style. Wilder in tone, with notes of exotic spices and tropical fruits, this bubbly is great with cheese or charcuterie.

Big Spender

Perrier-Jouët “Grand Brut, France, $49

Slightly sweet, light on the palette and brings me right back to my Vegas days…I’ll let you fill in the blanks.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé, France, $52

Luscious, elegant, all the berries….yeah, this brings out my inner housewife moment.

Now if you’re left reading this a little….confused…don’t worry, I’m learning as I go!

 Check out this guide to Sparkling Wine by The Kitchn to find your drink of choice. There is a pairing above to match each of these!

Champagne To Get Buzzed on This New Years Eve

Talk to you soon!



Sweet and Masala

 Thank you to these publishers for all the history and recommendations of Champagne

Business Insider, Food & Wine, Thrillist, The Kitchn

*:Put Together the Sparkliest New Years Eve Ever:*


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Sharon Koenig December 27, 2017 - 4:21 pm

I love that you brought your Insta Series alive here on your blog. So many to choose from, so little time! This list comes at the perfect time because I need to know what to bring for my friend’s New Years party!

Komal Patel December 27, 2017 - 4:26 pm

Girl! I got you covered!

Jess December 27, 2017 - 5:45 pm

I love Champagne! Thanks for the list, that’s so helpful!

fashNcurious December 27, 2017 - 6:21 pm

I hate Champagne! My face at my wedding when I tasted it said it all.

Komal Patel December 29, 2017 - 1:33 pm

This is hilarious!

Delayna Denaye December 27, 2017 - 7:06 pm

I can’t wait to ring in the new Year!! A new slate!

Joline December 27, 2017 - 7:31 pm

Champagne is always a great idea! And I like how there’s lots of options here in every price point.

Katie Kensy December 28, 2017 - 2:32 am

Very timely list, great suggestions! I love that you have options for inexpensive and higher spend options. Thanks for the post!

Akamatra December 28, 2017 - 7:12 am

Thanks for the history behind the champagne tradition. I didn’t know it and I am glad I do now.

Blair villanueva December 28, 2017 - 9:27 am

Yeah, champagne is perect for New Years eve celebration. We dont want to cause any stains when we accidentally spills something on the couch. That’s why champagne is good.

Thomas Falkenstedt December 28, 2017 - 4:09 pm

I love myself a history lesson as I’m a total history nerd, but I mean, champagne is life, right? Unfortunately I don’t drink anymore, but I do miss champagne every now and then!
Thomas xx

Vasundhra December 28, 2017 - 4:30 pm

It was interesting to read about the history behind Champagne being a drink for special occasions. You have posted this at the right time!

Ana De-Jesus December 28, 2017 - 5:49 pm

Haha I love that you have a wine wednesday but like how you created a ‘champagne version’ to celebrate the new year! I have to agree with you that it is ‘fucking delicious’ 🙂 x

Dalene December 28, 2017 - 8:13 pm

Too bad for me who doesn’t take champagne yet you’ve got a popping list that’s very timely as we await the New Year celebration. Cheers to all champagne lovers then!

Eloise December 30, 2017 - 3:05 am

I used to love champagne, it’s got a great taste with that wonderful bubbly effect on the tongue… but I can’t drink alcohol anymore! (health reasons!) I’ll share this post to others I know who would love the list! (they shouldn’t be deprived of the wonderful drink! thanks!

Aliya January 2, 2018 - 4:12 am

I absolutely love these posts of yours. Keep it up. You’ve found your niche!

Sarmistha Goswami January 2, 2018 - 9:03 am

Wine Wednesday is such a great idea and I am loving the list of Champagnes you have got here.The New Year eve is over but we have quite a few occasions coming up in the upcoming months. I would love a good champagne to celebrate! 🙂

Aimara January 3, 2018 - 3:48 pm

I always drink champagne on NYE! So many great recommendations and prices for everyone 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing!


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