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.