PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Ready to toast 2014 and ring in 2015 but need some help with your bubbly suggestions?
The merchants at Tarry Wine in Port Chester have the following recommendations for New Year's Eve and beyond.
In addition to the ever-popular Blanc de Blancs and Gruet champagnes, which they called clean and crisp, and which sell for as little as $20, Tarry Wine owner Morgan Pruitt suggests Prosecco, which he called "very festive and flavorful," and something both he and "wine geeks" enjoy.
Prosecco champagne sells for $19 a bottle, and drops to $14 a bottle for anyone buying a case of 12 (including mixed cases of rose and non-rose.)
Pierre Peters is another Tarry Wine favorite at $60 a bottle. And lovers of Portofino Spumante may get their last shot at buying $99 bottles of this champagne -- which is aged underwater -- since the FDA may block U.S. imports soon, Pruitt said.
Sommelier Ned Towle, founder of Westchester Wine School which holds classes in White Plains and Manhattan, gave the Daily Voice some other sparkling suggestions:
- Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs , either the vintage or non vintage varieties: "This is an outstanding champagne and features both delicacy and finesse," said Towle. It ranges from $70 to $120 per bottle.
- Banfi Winery Rosa Regale 2012 ($15): "Sparkling wines are festive but rose sparkling wines are extra festive," said Towle. This is an an off dry sparkling wine meaning there is some sweetness to it."
- Gruet Brut NV: Sold as a rosé or a "Blanc de Noirs," which means it is made of Pinot Noir grapes, it sells for about $15 per bottle.
- La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti Bricco Quaglia , a crisp vintage (get the 2013) that's full of fruit flowers and perfume. "It's not a food wine," he warned, "But an apéritif wine that's knock-your-socks-off aromatic!" Expect to pay about $16.