New Year's Eve is almost here, and if you're unlike the teetotalers of the world, you're probably in the market for a nice bottle of champagne with which to celebrate at the stroke of midnight. Nothing says "Happy New Year" like the popping of a cork, but are there any sparkling wines that are good and a good price? Find out in our video taste test!
A $50 Bottle of Champagne Tastes Just as Fine as a Super Expensive Bottle
All joking from our video aside, research has shown that you might love a cheaper bottle of sparkling wine just as much as a super pricey bottle. According to a British study, in a blind taste test of experts and novice drinkers alike, a £40 bottle of champagne was preferred over a £400 bottle of bubbles.
In America, that means that a bottle costing around $50 is your best bet. Not cheap, but as it's the one night of the year that many people will ever drink champagne, why sacrifice on taste?
People Think Wine Tastes Better When It's More Expensive
Further supporting the theory that you don't have to spend a lot to enjoy some bubbly is a little thing called psychology. Professor Charles Spence, from the University of Oxford, says, "If you know how much something costs, the psychology of that high cost seems to make things taste better."
Psychologically, when we're told that something is expensive, we like it more. So, unless you're friends with wine-o-philes, just buy a cheap-o bottle and tell everyone it cost $100! Plus, no matter what they think they're drinking, everyone's still getting the same quality of hangover on January 1, anyway.
Good Bubble Options for $20 or Less
If $50 is still a little too rich for your blood, it doesn't mean you need to stay home and celebrate New Year's looking for a higher-paying job. Instead, check out this article from 2012 in which The Huffington Post evaluated sparkling wines under $20. They swear you can get a tasty bottle for as low as $11.99!
Keep in mind though that unlike, say, a printer (which has a strictly defined set of features that make one better than another), wine tasting is based on an individual's taste buds, so "your mileage may vary" with any of these recommendations.
One last thing to consider: If you're just going to use it as a "celebratory bottle" that you spray all over your guests while shouting "woo" and "New Year's!" (right before you pass out), then any price point of suds will do; all champagne stings equally when poured into your eyes.
Happy New Year!