6 Best Bubbly Wines to Bring to a New Year's Eve Bash

Whether you're gearing up for a night of caviar or burgers this New Year's Eve, you'll need the right bottle. 

It’s New Year’s Eve, and that means one thing: time to break out the sparkling wine. But what to choose from the gazillion options out there, including Champagne, Lambrusco, and much more? Whether you’re celebrating with a blow-out feast, relaxing over barbecue or burgers, indulging in a little caviar, or going all-out with a dessert spread, you'll need to be armed with the right bottle (er, bottles). We asked Laura Maniec—a Master Sommelier and owner of Corkbuzz, a wine bar with two locations in New York City and one in Charlotte, North Carolina—to share her picks for the best bottles to help ring in 2016.

Blow-Out Dinner

If you’re heading to an absolutely fabulous, no-expenses-spared dinner party—involving, say, a gorgeous rib roast—you’ll want to bring a bottle of Krug NV Champagne (around $150). “Krug is perfect because they use oak, and with a nice big roast, you need a richer, more buttery style,” explains Maniec. 

Burger Bash

When the party’s all about getting friends together for a casual send-off to 2015—and the menu involves mostly burgers and fries—bring a bottle of Lambrusco, like the Lini 910 Lambrusco from Emilia Romagna, Italy (around $15). “Lambrusco is more rustic and it’s super affordable, so it’s a great match for burgers all around,” says Maniec.

Caviar and Blinis

If friends are busting out the caviar and blinis for an utterly posh soiree, show up with a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne (which will set you back about $200). “If you’re having black-tie food, you want a black-tie Champagne,” says Maniec. “Go for it.”

BBQ Feast

If your plans include a saucy, smoky barbecue bash, with ribs, pulled pork, and all the fixins, go for a bottle of rosé champagne like the Jean Velut Rosé Brut NV (around $40), suggests Maniec: “It’s a really intensely smoky style of rosé with lots of pepper and almost a cured meat aroma.”

Cheese and Charcuterie

A cocktail party with fabulous cheeses and charcuterie calls for a bottle of Blanc de Noir. The Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne Les Ursules Blanc de Noirs Brut NV (around $120) is an excellent choice: "It's made from two red grapes—pinot noir and pinot meunier—and gives you a little more richness from the red fruit to stand up to the charcuterie,” says Maniec.

Dessert Party

Macarons, puddings, pies, oh my. For a dessert party, bring an off-dry style sparkler, like the Drappier Carte-D'Or Demi-Sec NV Champagne (around $32), suggests Maniec. “It has enough sugar, but you get a richness that pairs well with dessert, and it’s really refreshing on the finish.”

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