It’s time to talk about bubbles. For better or worse we associate New Year’s Eve with sparkling wine, though of course we could enjoy sparkling wine just about any time. One of the reasons we look to bubblies this time of year is that we are celebrating and sparkling wine is a celebratory wine, and often priced that way. But there are options out there. Options that might allow us to pop a cork just about any time we like.

Champagne is the king of sparkling wines, and the wine that most obviously frames our point of reference here but should we want something more modestly priced, either for New Year’s or any day we’re in the mood so some fizz we can and should look beyond the obvious. The truth is that sparkling wines are produced just about everywhere one finds great still wines but today i want to talk about two of the lesser known yet consistent source of great, fresh fizz.