Trader Joe’s Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve

With New Year’s Eve less than 24 hours away in some places I wanted to take the chance to share my limited insight into the offering in a limited time frame. In an effort to keep this short let’s jump right in. Before doing so I once again want to profess that this is an area where I have had difficulty scoring over the years. Nonetheless, here are my top four value choices. Let me
know your faves and I’ll be sure to give them a try over the next few months as time and circumstances allow. Without further adieu let’s talk bubbles…

NV Zonin Prosecco Brut1) Zonin Prosecco Brut ($6): This one is a long time favorite that I have been serving to guests for years and has yet to disappoint. The nose shows floral aromas with hints of citrus. This wine is a nicely balanced and offers a frothiness in the glass that leads with lemon flavors throughout the palate. The finish is very dry and clean. This is a battle tested sparkler that may be right for your New Year’s Eve celebration! And if not there this is perfectly suited for mimosas the morning after.

RSVP Brut Sparkling2) RSVP Brut Sparkling ($6): A new offering to Trader Joe’s this one arrives with a Bronco Wine Co. pedigree. For those unfamiliar with Bronco they are the owners and producers of Two Buck Chuck amongst fifty or so other labels. Even with that predisposition I couldn’t help but like this one. Nice and frothy up front it is quickly brought into balance and turns slightly sweet on the finish leaving me to dream about lemon custard pie…

NV Blason de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs3a) Blason de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs ($11): This is about as close as you are going to get to the ancestral home of Champagne without breaking the bank. Bourgogne, in nearby Burgundy, delivers this sparkler that is full of fizz and bubbles in the glass. In the mouth you can feel the creaminess but a slightly (sour) acidic note continually pushes to the fore. The finish is dry and fades quickly. I’ve liked this one more in the past than I did this time around. As this generally mimics the profile of the above offerings I would steer clear and get two time as much for my money by grabbing one of those other bottles…

NV Schloss Biebrich Sekt3b) Schloss Biebrich Sekt ($5) My initial post tried to shed some light on the history of Sekt for those interested. As for the rest of you let’s get to the juice. This one showed subdued fruit aromas; mostly apples and peaches. The palate starts full and rich, towards the middle the bubbles kick in full force and I mean a lot of bubbles. The finish is light, crispy and just a hint tart making it a crowd pleaser.

And for all of you big spenders looking for a dead ringer, this Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut ($40) is always a hit. Enjoy your festivities and don’t forget to let me know what wines were on offer as you welcomed in the New Year…

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4 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve

  1. My wife and I pulled out a bottle of ’98 Iron Horse Blanc de Blanc that we had sitting in our cellar from a trip to the winery a few years back. Figured that 12 years was enough to get it where it needed to be. I don’t know a lot about sparklers, but I know enough to say that it was wonderful and It went very well with our NYE dinner at Sushi Ran.

    Happy New Year, Jason! Thanks for a great year of blogging. I look forward to seeing (reading) what’s ahead in 2010.

  2. @Mary A delayed thanks for the Tattinger recommendation. Just added it to the shopping list…

    @joshiemac Sounds like you were in my neck of the woods at Sushi Ran! Glad the Iron Horse treated you kindly. I went for a ’94 Segura Viudas Cava which was splendid as well. Happy New Year to you as well and look forward to sharing wine info with you in the year to come!

    @wineofthemonthclub Agreed! And Prosecco makes a nice mimosa to boot…

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