Toast the New Year With Great Sparkling Wines for under $20

931769_champagne When it’s time for the champagne toast to celebrate 2009, why start the year by spending a fortune? These three sparkling wines (which is just the term for what most of us call champagne if it is made outside the Champagne region of France) are a good-tasting, budget-friendly way to start the year.

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, $20
Made from mostly pinot noir grapes, this sparkling wine is fruity without being too sweet.

Piper Sonoma Brut Select Cuvee, $14
This crisp offering with light citrus notes is a nice way to ring in the New Year.

Sofia Blanc de Blancs, $19
Named for Sofia Coppola, daughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, this honey melon sparkling wine is accessible and would be popular with a wide range of guests.

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