Pop one of these champagnes or sparkling wines when the clock strikes midnight

These top-finishers from the 2013 Alberta Beverage Awards are perfect to ring in 2014 with. Happy New Year!

Lanson NV Black Label Brut, Champagne, France

The “Best in Class” sparkling wine at the ABA’s, it has everything you want in Champagne, toasty/brioche notes, crisp apples, and a beautiful mouthfeel. Took the top spot for sparkling wines at the competition this year. $58

Louis Bouillot NV Rosé Brut, Cremant de Bourgogne, France

Not quite “champagne” as it comes from Burgundy, it nevertheless is crisp, stylish, and very drinkable. Softer strawberry fruits complement citrus and toasty characters. It’s pink, but a real stunner at an awesome price – hence its Top Value award. $19

Taittinger NV Brut, Champagne France

A wonderful classic Champagne with lingering creaminess, citrus and baked apple, and plenty of mineral characters. A go-to champagne for special occasions large and small. $62

Gazela NV Sparkling Wine, Vinho Verde Portugal

Maybe you find drier styles of bubbly a little too dry and want a little sweetness in there too. The Gazela is a clean-looking modern package, and the wine is definitely tasty with bright tropical fruits and plenty of sparkle. Exceptionally refreshing. $13

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