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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Celebrate: Great Champagne Under $50

Since infancy I have always had an acquired and refined taste. My parents laugh at my "champagne" and caviar cravings while on a beer and ramen noodles budget. I dream of truffle risotto and saffron infused flavors warning of excess. I know one day I will be able to satiate my appetite for luxurious comforts; until then I will learn to live with grace as I embrace the best alternatives. 

While no celebration is complete with out campaign there are plenty of fabulous alternatives to Cristal  
and Dom Perignon

Best Champagne under $50

1. Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut Champagne NV($44.99) 
The taste is fresh and lively and pairs perfectly with Sushi. 

2. Laurent-Perrier, Ultra Brut NV Champagne ($39.99)
The taste is well balanced, and bone dry. Pairs well with strawberries and fruit based salads. 

3. Ayala Brut Majeur ($30.00)
The taste is clean, bright and nicely acidic. Pair Ayala with cheese, hummus, and fruit plate. 

4. Bollinger Special Cuvee ($40.00)
The taste is broad flavored and slightly toasty. Pair this sparkling wine with rich nuts, and smoked flavors. 

5. G.H. Mumm & Cie Carte Classique Extra Dry ($39.99)
The G.H. Mumm is a rich champagne with a full bodied taste. Pair with a seared foie gras, olive tapenade, or fruit compete. 

6. Oudinot Cuvee Brut NV ($14.96)
The Oudinot has a floral aroma with a light peaches and cream flavor. Pair with dark chocolate and coffee  flavors. 

7. Gosset Brut Excellence NV ($39.99)
The Gosset has unique citrus taste that is both bright and zesty. Pair with goat cheese, beets and sweet potatoes. 

8. Moet & Chandon NV White Star ($43.99)
The Moet has an elegant  tastes with a matured aroma of fruit complimented by a hint of nut. Pairs wonderfully with portobello mushrooms and smoked salmon. 

9. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV ($44.99)
The Yellow label sparkling has a fruity structure with a full body flavor. This wine pairs wonderfully with a creamy risotto or lobster. 

10.  Nicolas Feuillatte Brut ($31.50)
The Nicolas Feuillatte has a soft buttery taste with a long consistent  flavor. This wine pairs wonderfully with Camembert cheese and spaghetti squash. 

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