Hi there! It’s been awhile, I know. I decided to “unplug” over the holidays so aside from my Instagram Stories (Follow along here!), I’ve been taking some time off to spend with my parents + Tommy. Plus the whole 2 hours behind thing really adds to the “unplugged” feeling. I keep having to check my phone to see what time it actually is! In the last week, we drove out to an old mining town on a day trip complete with wine tastings and a ghost tour. Otherwise known as my perfect day!
Speaking of wine tastings, I’ve shared a guide for champagne + bubbly for New Year’s each year for the last five (FIVE! Can you believe it?) years. It’s always a fun post to write and as someone who wants to ring in the New Year with some bubbly but doesn’t want to break the bank, I love searching out the best champagne + bubbly bargains for you. And as always when I need to find a good deal, I turn to Trader Joe’s.
Incanto Prosecco ($12)
If you’re going to buy one bubbly to ring in 2018, Incanto Prosecco is it. For $12, you get two bottles of prosecco in one bottle. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. I had a small party a few weeks ago and picked up a bottle of Incanto Prosecco from Trader Joe’s and thought I’d give it a whirl. It was a big hit, very easy to drink. It’s very dry and is packed with bubbles!! And everyone knows the bubbles are the best part : )
Charles de Marque Champagne ($19)
At $19, the Charles de Marque Champagne is the BEST French champagne bargain at Trader Joe’s. Its light, dry taste is wonderful and it’s not overly sugary sweet like other champagnes. Meaning your head won’t be pounding in the morning. Hands down, it’s the ultimate champagne deal at Trader Joe’s.
Trader Joe’s always has the lowest price for Chandon and trust me, I’ve done the leg work to say that. Whenever I want to feel a little fancy and splurge outside of my usual $5-8 price range for wine, I reach for a bottle of Chandon. I love it on its own and it’s wonderful for a champagne cocktail.
Blason de Bourgogne Crémant de Bourgogne ($10)
Sounds super fancy, right? This champagne is actually made in the Burgundy region so technically not a champagne but for a reasonable price, that’s just fine with me. It has smaller bubbles like expensive French champagnes do and has a fruity taste to it. If you’re feeling fancy on a budget (Me), this is the bottle you need to pick up.
Blanc de Blancs ($5)
If you’re looking to make a champagne cocktail or champagne slushies to kick off the new year (And why wouldn’t you?!), Blanc de Blancs is what you need. If I’m hosting a brunch, Blanc de Blancs is my tried ‘n true. Its inexpensive price tag can help you keep the bubbly flowing at your party and if you have bottles left over on January 1, they make an awesome mimosa. Just be sure to leave room in your mimosa for a bourbon floater. Trust me on that!