New Year’s Eve 2012 Quick Guide

Stuck at the store right now and can’t decide?  Here’s a quick overview of the sparkling we’ve tried:

Wine What It’s Like Price
Top Tier
Korbel Extra Dry Pear, Melon, Bright, Hint Sweet $9.95
Charles de Fère Reserve Brut Blanc de Blancs Tart, Round, Baked Apple, Dried Apricot $9.95
Conde de Caralt Brut Cava Lemon, Bubbly, Peach, Hint Sweet, Minerality $8.99
Mid Tier
Casa Sant’Orsola Asti Sweet, Very Bubbly, Honey, Nectarine, Apple Peel $9.99
Freixenet Brut Cava Dry, Smooth, Apple, Yeast $7.45
Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée Crisp, Clean, Lemon, Apple $9.99
Rondel Brut Cava Crisp, Clean, Very Fizzy, Pear, Toast $7.99
You Can Do Better Tier
il Corigiano Extra Dry Prosecco Apple, Stonefruit, Aggressively Bubbles $7.99
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Rough, Aggressively Bubbly, Sharp, Tart $6.45

If you’re looking for a few more choices, we also have last year’s reviews up, but at a year out, the bottles may have changed a bit.

Need a quick refresher on Brut, Extra Dry, or Sweet?  The sparkling sweetness guide has you covered.

Plus, a quick remind on how to open a bottle below the fold.