By Sydia Bell

Whether you are ringing in the New Year quietly at home with loved ones or throwing a big party, you can’t forget the bubbly! We visited three local shops and asked them to give us some choices for the midnight toast.

Cellar 13
Specializing in small, family owned and estate bottled wines, Cellar 13 in Buckhead prides itself on carrying a unique selection chosen by owner John Passman.

Selections:

Frey- Sohler – French Sparkling Wine ($21.99) Bubbles are the way to go on New Years if you are looking for that celebratory feel. From the extreme northeast region of France and made from all white grapes, Passman recommends this because it is the perfect accompaniment to seafood and vegetables or on its own.

J.L. Vergnon – True Champagne ($45.99) Passman chose this J.L. Vergon because it is a true champagne from the champagne region of France. This champagne is produced by a small grower, which means they make all the wine using all of their own grapes. Passman points out that small productions improves the quality of the product.

3 Parks Wine Shop
Named after the three parks – Grant, Glenwood and Ormewood – in the surrounding area, 3 Parks Wine Shop owner, Bob Conquest, wants residents to know this is their wine shop. As a local resident himself, Bob, knew first hand that, the community needed a wine shop that was approachable, affordable and listened to what their customers wanted.

Selections:

Domaine Rosier 2010 – French Sparkling Wine ($14.99) Although it lacks lack the status of being a true champagne, for the price point, this is a good, dry sparkling wine. It can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with orange juice for a great mimosa. Conquest recommended picking this one up early because it always sells out.

Petalos del Bierzo – Spanish Wine ($19.99) The aromas of spice and black cherry will compliment any dinner selection – from seafood to red meat. This wine is at its finest when allowed breathe after the initial pour. Conquest said this would be a perfect choice for a guest to bring with to a New Year’s celebration because of the beautiful design of the bottle itself.

Candler Park Market
Candler Park Market is the place most stop by on their way home to pick up essentials for dinner or a snack, but they also have an impressive selection of wines, too.

Selections:

Kila Cava- Spanish Sparkling Wine ($9.99) This crisp sparkler makes for a good accompaniment to seafood platters or for the New Year’s toast. Leaving most palates with a tinge of green and orange peel, this option is perfect for all you party planners looking for a reasonably priced bottle that does not skimp on quality.

Saint-Hilaire – Historical Sparkling Wine ($14.99) This wine is produced in a traditional method including a second fermentation within the bottle. The results are a somewhat sweet, often cloudy wine with a relatively low level of alcohol and carbonation. Possessing soft green apple, tangerine oil and faint yellow floral notes accented with hints of lavender, this is the perfect for those who want to highlight the importance of wine history for the holiday.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.