I think that sparkling wine is for much more than weddings and New Year’s Eve: For an apéritif or to accompany a light meal, I’ll often order a sparkler. I even like to mix it into cocktails every now and then. But it’s good to have a show-stealing sparkler on hand for when you need to really pull out all the stops. J. Schram 1999 is pricey, but I love the bright, citrusy flavor and creamy notes. It’s perfect to pair with the nibbles we find out and about at cocktail parties this time of year.

J. Schram, $90

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