Top 10 bubbles – Sparkling wine and champagne for 2015

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.