The most delicious bottles to pop when the clock strikes midnight
Like prosecco in Italy, cava is Spain's most popular entry in the sparkling wine arena. Made in the northern region of Catalonia from native grapes macabeo, xarello, and parellada, as well as well-known chardonnay, it's a reliably light, crisp wine with lots of fine bubbles that give it a delicious tingle. It's hard to find a bad cava out there, and there are tons of great ones that can be found for less than $20. This particular bottle is also my go-to bubbly for brunches, so stock up and serve this on New Year's Day for a hair-of-the-dog get-together.
The Champagne of Italy, franciacorta is made not like prosecco but using the more time-consuming, complex method developed for the famous French sparkler. The result is a wine with loads of nutty, delicious character and finer bubbles than the fruit-forward prosecco. I fell in love with this underappreciated gem when we were in Italy, and now I can't help but order it every time I see it on a menu.
Since it is a holiday, there's something undeniably special about pulling out a bottle of proper Champagne. Veuve Clicquot is a timeless choice - like a Chanel bag, it never goes out of style. That bright orange label is instantly recognizable, and the bubbly inside is reliably delicious, with hints of apple, peach, and that signature biscuit-y Champagne bite.