Champagne picks

It's Champagne season. A good option is Moët

It's Champagne season. A good option is Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial ($41). Photo Credit: AP

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Everyone should sparkle on New Year's Eve.

Real Champagne is the bubbliest way. Nonvintage Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial ($41) is fruity, accessible and appeals with pear and apple notes. Nonvintage, fine Piper-Heidsieck Brut ($45) arrives in a handsome, chiller "Lightbox" suggesting mesh.

More modestly priced French sparklers include the refreshing 2010 Albert Mann Crémant d'Alsace ($22), with hints of white fruit; peachy and pink nonvintage Pierre Sparr Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé ($20); citrusy, 100 percent sémillon Jaillance Crémant de Bordeaux Cuvée de l'Abbaye Brut, and off-dry, fruity Jaillance Cuvée Impériale Clairette de Die (each about $16).

Germany contributes Sekt sparkling wine. Try the 2008 RaumLand Blanc de Noirs Vintage Brut ($45).

Italy offers prosecco and Franciacorta. The first is light, casual and festive; the second, richer, fuller and ready to party.

Berlucchi Franciacorta Brut and Berlucchi Franciacorta Rosé (each $35) are both recommended. The brut is a refresher, with suggestions of citrus, tropical fruit and pear. The rosé boasts lots of berries and a salmon-pink hue.

Adami produces appealing proseccos, led by the 2011 "Col Credas" Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore and the 2012 "Vigneto Giardino" Dry Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore (each $22). Col Credas is very dry, tangy, slightly floral, and Vigneto Giardino, an apple-y good solo.

Gloria Ferrer makes reliable American sparklers, among them the nonvintage Blanc de Noirs and Sonoma Brut; and less dry Va de Vi (each $22).

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