Say cheers to the New Year with these top 10 sparkling wines

First published in Living magazine in The Herald on Sunday on 28 December 2014.

Pol Remy $12.95
This lovely fresh French bubbly is fantastic value for money with jaw dropping intensity of flavour (fresh bakery aromas, brioche, grapefruit, lemon zset) for just $12.95 from liquor stores and specialist wine stores. www.eurovintage.co.nz

Mission Estate Fete $19.95
This Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris is a stand-out with its toasty aromas and rich yeasty flavours. Great value at less than $20.

Kim Crawford Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc $14.99
An all-round goodie with its intense bubbles, freshness and granny smith apple flavours; this is my pick of New Zealand’s sparkling savvies.

Gancia Asti $18.99
This intensely aromatic, low alcohol Italian fizz is the ultimate New Year’s Day breakfast wine.

2010 Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle Brut $34
A stunning Marlborough fizz with fresh, citrusy Chardonnay-esque flavours married to Pinot Noir’s full body.

2012 Porters Cuvee Zoe $52
Wairarapa winemaker John Porter aged this blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in old barrels, prior to bottle-fermenting it to a super fresh,  citrus-on-speed tasting bubbly. An awesome sparkling wine, made in tiny quantities from the Wairarapa; worth the search. www.porterspinot.co.nz

Gancia Rose $18.99
This pretty pink Italian bubbly is refreshingly fruity and light bodied; great lunch time bubbles.

Prosecco Ca Bolani Brut NV $19.50
Toasty aromas, fresh lemon flavours and a long, zesty finish; top buying.

Quartz Reef Rose $35
Dry, fresh and richly toasty in taste, this is Central Otago white wine at its best.

Billecart Salmon Rose $179.99
This lovely pink Champagne puts the ‘p’ in powerful; as in, super intense flavoursome style; think buttery fresh pastry and hot toast aromas.