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Ring in the New Year in style with these fine bubblies

Whether you are looking for a splurge-worthy Champagne, a Crémant from Burgundy, a Prosecco from Italy, or a sparkling from South Africa, these wines are the perfect way to welcome 2022.

Available at the LCBO:
 
Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant de Bourgogne
Burgundy, France
VINTAGES#: 991562, $20.95 SHOP »»
Sourced from the heart of the Auxerre district, this Burgundian bubbly displays attractive citrus, nuts and toast with delicate floral and biscuit tones. Cleansing and fresh, a great pairing for seafood.
"From the northern edges of Burgundy, Bailly Lapierre delivers another crisp, fresh, fruity crémant here — a model of bright, crunchy, thirst-quenching, traditional method bubbly. Energetic citrus and green apple flavours, dry profile, high acids, solid density and length. Toastiness is modest overall, making for a perfect apéritif." Score: 90 Pts. - John Szabo, MS, winealign.com. Tasted December 2020.


Divici Organic Prosecco DOC Spumante
Veneto, Italy
LCBO#: 16395, $17.95 SHOP »»
The shape of this bottle is designed to recall ancient Roman columns in honour of the people who first brought winemaking to what is now Italy. This Prosecco pours a light straw and shows a gentle fizziness. It has aromas of lemon zest and flavours of peach and green apple. Enjoy chilled before a meal as an apéritif.

Champagne Victoire Brut Prestige
Champagne, France
LCBO#: 190025, $39.95 SHOP »»
LIMITED TIME OFFER: SAVE $3.00 (until January 2, 2022)

Straw colour with fine bubbles; brioche, floral and nutty aromas with a citric note; extra dry, toasty, nutty and dried lemon fruit flavours with lively acidity to finish.
"Apricot tart and brioche flavors mix with toasted almond, floral, preserved lemon and candied ginger notes in this harmonious Champagne, topped off with a creamy mousse. Features a lasting, smoke-tinged finish." Score: 90 Pts. - Alison Napjus, winespectator.com.


Moutard Père & Fils Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne
Champagne, France
VINTAGES#: 400432, $48.95 SHOP »»
The Moutard Père & Fils Grande Cuvée Brut Champagne is juicy and ripe, with toasty biscuit, baked apple, pear, citrus, and touches of honeysuckle and spice. Concentrated and intense. Drink through 2025.
"Toast and a sweep of sweet brioche opens the nose of this blanc de noirs, 100 % Pinot Noir from the heavy clay, limestone-laced soils of Buxeuil and Polisy in the Côte des Bar. The Moutard family have been making wine since the 17th century, and this is their flagship wine. Thirty-six months on the lees, this full and toasty NV draws cherry and nuts along a creamy, doughy palate. A pin-prickling acidity lifts the weight to a lingering finish. A richer style, to pair with protein, at an excellent price." Score: 90 Pts. - Treve Ring, winealign.com


Gardet Cuvée Tradition Saint Flavy Brut Champagne
Champagne, France
VINTAGES#: 924654, $46.95 SHOP »»
"Rich, featuring notes of marzipan and lemon curd and enlivened by sleek, mouthwatering acidity, this finds fine balance and offers flavours of toasted brioche and baked currant that linger on the creamy finish. Drink now through 2022." Score: 91 Pts. - Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, December 15, 2019.

Cheurlin Brut Spéciale Champagne
Champagne, France
VINTAGES#: 20241, $79.95 SHOP »»
This Champagne is mostly Pinot Noir with about 30% Chardonnay. It's fresh and ripe, with apple, peach, melon, orange citrus and a fine minerality. A lovely option for grilled seafood or enjoying as a sipping wine.
"NV Cheurlin Brut Spéciale starts with the fragrance of tarte tartin and crushed seashells. Then, it streams in with linear precision — crunchy red apple intensity soon shifts toward oyster shell and creamy nougat before tapering to a finish of lemon curd on fresh bread." Score: 90 Pts. - Carolyn Evans Hammond, The Toronto Star, November 18, 2021.


Champagne Victoire Brut Rosé
Champagne, France
LCBO#: 16396, $46.35 SHOP »»
LIMITED TIME OFFER: SAVE $3.00 (until January 2, 2022)
"Bright deep salmon in colour with fine mousse, good acidity, a medium intense nose and a long length on the finish. This wine features cherry, strawberry, fuji apples, raspberry, pomegranate, cured meat, toasted almonds, yeast and cassis. Very easy drinking but with substance at a great price." Score: 92 Pts - Edward Rasiulis, twilightwines.com

Graham Beck Brut Sparkling
Western Cape, South Africa
VINTAGES#: 593483, $22.95 SHOP »»
"One of those wines that just never lets you down, the big volumes and consistency of the Graham Beck Brut are a tribute to Pieter Ferreira and his team. Pinot Noir dominated with 43% Chardonnay, this has small bubbles, apple and citrus fruit, creamy lees and fresh, tangy finish. Drink 2019-2023." Score: 91 Pts. - Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com

De Chanceny Cremant De Loire Rosé Brut
Loire, France
LCBO#: 211466, $$20.05 SHOP »»
Pale salmon colour with fine bubbles; lifted aromas of red fruit, plum, toast and raspberry/strawberry mix; extra dry, medium bodied, with zesty flavours of red plum, red berries and a hint of toast.
Sparkling wines come in many styles and Champagne is certainly the most popular of the lot. In general, most sparkling wine pairings can follow the suggestions for Champagne. These wines have the perfect balance of dryness, bubbles, and fruity cream to enrich any dining experience.

Try some of these pairings with your favourite bubbly for your New Year's celebration:
-Triple cream (Brie-style) cheese or sweet bread and mascarpone cheese
-Buttercream sauce or even buttered popcorn
-Shrimp and shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, fried calamari, and oysters
-Salami, veggies, stuffed mushrooms, egg dishes, foie gras
-Fruit-based desserts such as tarts, crepes, and any buttered or honeyed dessert


Rosé wines are one of the most versatile sparkling wines for food pairings. Contrary to a common misconception, rosé wines are not sweet and the majority have a perfectly dry palate that lends perfectly to sweeter food pairings:
-Brie and prosciutto are fantastic with a nice rosé and they're even better when combined.
-Smoked salmon is one of the best fish dishes for rosé wines.
-Chocolate and raspberries, or, better yet, chocolate-covered berries.


Prosecco has a much drier profile though it does not lose the fruitiness and it often has notes of apple, pear, and apricot. This helps the wine pair with a great variety of main courses.
-Almonds and antipasto
-Asparagus
-Asian fare and sushi
-Smoked salmon
-Shrimp cocktail and honey-themed dishes.


Find more food and wine pairing inspiration at theSpriceEats.com
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1. Select a “Same Day Pick Upstore.
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3. Wait to receive confirmation of your order.
4. Drive up to the drive-through window, and you are DONE!

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