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Bubbles for the Holidays

Tuesday - 1/18/2011, 12:55pm  ET

Only wines made in the tiny Champagne region in France can be called Champagne. The Prosecco region of Italy produces some wonderfully crisp, refreshing sparkling wines. At $18, the Non-Vintage NV La Tordera Prosecco di Valdobbiadene from Veneto, Italy is one of the best values in sparkling wine. Scents of lemon/lime fill the bouquet while flavors of apple and nectarine dominate the front of the palate. The 2006 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs from Napa Valley ($30) gained international recognition in 1972 when President Nixon served it at the historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China. It has aromas of key lime, honeydew and a hint of pineapple upside-down cake with flavors of citrus, pear and baked apple. Another wine to try: If you're really looking to splurge, then the Non-Vintage Krug Grande Cuvée from Reims, France ($175) is your champagne.