Whether you're toasting a gracious host, a celebratory meal, a visit from a long-distance loved one, or just the season itself, few things are more festive during the holidays than cracking open a bottle of bubbly. Ramp up the specialness by drinking a really good bottle: a Champagne, cava, prosecco, or other sparkling wine that's crisp, well-balanced, and effervescent. A great bottle doesn't have to break the bank: we've collected fourteen truly terrific wines that start at just $12. (Though if you're looking to knock some socks off, we also recommend the $300 Armand de Brignac NV.) See the full gallery »
Wine reviews can evoke bittersweet emotions, even years later. Reading the review of the dry white Brancott Vineyards Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay 1997 that appeared in January/February 1999's “From the Saveur Cellar,” I was saddened.