If you weren't satisfied with an imported sparkler, look to Napa Valley for a lovely, affordable bottle of sparkling wine to sip tonight as the clock strikes midnight. I recently enjoyed Domaine Carneros Brut 2005 ($19.99) with a group of girlfriends. Brut refers to the wine's lack of sweetness — it's the term applied to the driest of sparkling wines — so if you enjoy dry bubbly you'll love this superb sparkler.
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, this wine is produced by the classic champagne method in Napa Valley. It's crisp, light, creamy, and fruity, with delightful bubbles that bounce on the back of your throat.
Sipping a glass of this classic-tasting bubbly is the perfect way to ring in the New Year!