Three Cheers for Bubbles

Sparkling wines lend a festive flair to any gathering — no special occasion required. Pop a bottle or two in celebration of something as simple as the arrival of local strawberries, and toast the season!

Party scene with champagne and desserts
Photo by Elizabeth Gelineau

Sferra White Cocktail Napkins • $35 set of 6, Ivy Cottage
Strawberry Herend Box • $260, Zundel’s
Hammered Champagne Flute • $21 each, Five Gold Monkeys
Rainbow Pink Champagne Coupes • $15 each, Ivy Cottage
Contessa Pink Champagne Coupes • $27 each, Ivy Cottage
William Yeoward Pitcher $205, Zundel’s
Puro White Berry Bowl • $26, Ivy Cottage
Frosted Rainbow Champagne Flute • $20 each, Five Gold Monkeys 


Mary Buschmann Frayer, general manager of Red or White Wine Store Mobile and sommelier, selects three perfect bottles in three attainable price points. MB helps you put the party together with glass and wine buckets, too. Clink, clink!

Andre Clouet Brut NV, Champagne

With the ever-increasing prices of just about everything, Champagne is not immune. We’ve set our sights on smaller producers that may not have the pedigree of some other larger Champagne houses, but they have all of the finesse and charm. The Champagne house of Andre Clouet was established in 1741, which has given them ample time to perfect their craft. The complexity suggests a higher price, but at $40, we are happy to drink this often.  

Andre Clouet Brut NV, Champagne • $40, Red or White Wine Mobile
Viva by Vietri Rainbow Champagne Flute • $15, Zundel’s Jewelry
Tortoise & Gold Glass Ice Bucket • $69, Ivy Cottage

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Louis Perdrier Brut Excellence, France 

Dry and lively, this is a blend of mostly Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Chenin Blanc. At only $12, this is the perfect all-around sparkler. Inexpensive enough to serve mixed in fun cocktails, but also very pleasant on its own. 

Louis Perdrier Brut Excellence, France • $12, Red or White Wine Mobile
Vietri Drop Coupe Champagne Glass in White • $74, Ivy Cottage 
Beatriz Ball Soho Onyx Ice Bucket • $214, Ivy Cottage

Paula Kornell Brut, California

Second-generation Napa winemaker Paula Kornell is carrying on her father’s legacy with knockout California sparkling wines. Kornell wines only use the traditional Champagne method. A great everyday sparkler, this one is light on its feet, being mostly Chardonnay with some added complexity from Pinot Noir. An entry-level wine at $19 that drinks like a much more expensive Champagne.

Paula Kornell Brut, California • $19, Red or White Mobile
Fez Gold Collection Stemless Champagne Flute • $19, Ivy Cottage 
Jonathan Adler Berlin Ice Bucket • $375,


Red or White Wine Mobile 1104 Dauphin St., 478-9494
Zundel’s Jewelry • 3670 Dauphin St., 241-5439
Ivy Cottage • 9 Du Rhu Dr., 345-1731
Five Gold Monkeys • 4350 Old Shell Rd., 345-3380 

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