In the off chance you’re not a connoisseur of all things champagne, prosecco, cava, or any other variation of the booze animal known amongst the proletariat as “sparkling wine”, we’ve gone and rounded up five choice bottles all under $50 at some of DigBoston’s favorite specialty wine and spirit spots around the city. Use it this New Years Eve, the one night a year where a 40-ounce jug of malt liquor truly seems out of place. Well…mostly, anyway.
THE URBAN GRAPE CHESTNUT HILL
CANARD-DUCHENE CHAMPAGNE BRUT
BUBBLE-NOTES: clean, with oak tinged fruity notes of tart apples and pleasant yeastiness. You love yeast.
[Available at the Urban Grape, 7 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, 617-232-4831]
NICHOLAS FEUILLATTE BRUT
BUBBLE-NOTES: rich with a clean creaminess, hints of fruitcake and quince. Which is a type of small pear. We think.
[Available at Blanchard's, 103 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-782-5588]
COOLIDGE CORNER WINE AND SPIRITS
SCHRAMBERGS BLANC DE NOIRS
BUBBLE NOTES: elegant and regal, crisp acidity that softens over time in the bottle. Also delicious while pouring it all over your date.
[Available at Coolidge Corner Wine and Spirits, 1300 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-2800]
BRIX SOUTH END
CA’DEL BOSCO FRANCIACORTA
BUBBLE-NOTES: basically Italy’s answer to Champagne in France.
[Available at Brix South End, 1284 Washington St., 617-542-2749]
CANEVA DA NANI PROSECCO “COL FONDO”
BUBBLE-NOTES: cloudy with a refined fizziness, notes of melon and stone. Stone is surprisingly easy to drink.
[Available at Central Bottle, 196 Mass Ave., Cambridge, 617-225-0040]
REMOVE THE FOIL AND CORK CAGE OF A HEAVY, THICK-GLASSED BOTTLE. SOMETHING COLD, WITH GOOD PRESSURED BUBBLY. THE PRESSURE IS WHAT’S GOING TO HELP PROPERLY EXECUTE THAT POPPING ACTION.
DON’T SHOW YOUR FRIENDS HOW GOOD YOU’RE DOING. CORK COULD BLAST OFF AND TAKE OUT AN EYE.
GET OUT YOUR FAVORITE SWORD, MACHETE, OR HEAVY CHEF’S KNIFE.
GIVE A SOLID CHOP, SLIDING THE BLADE ALONG CURVE OF NECK AWAY FROM YOU, HITING THE GLASS MOUTH OF THE BOTTLE AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE.
SUCCESS! NOW IT’S TIME TO DRINK UP AND CELEBRATE. OR GO TO THE HOSPITAL.