Drinkin with Dean on WGN radio today – No excuse for bad bubbly


Hi there! You’re probably listening to me chatting with Dean Richard’s right now, so let me first say “thanks for tuning in”.

This is the bubbly we’re sipping today and its pretty widely available at fine wine stores. Yes, its a bit cumbersome to pronounce, so here’s a phoenetic spelling that should keep you from sounding like a total yahoo at your local wine shop.

Nicolas Feuillatte (foo-YAHT) Brut NV

The Rose is a bit more cash, but even more lovely. If you really want to splurge, try the Palm d’Or.

 If the real deal French Champagne just isn’t in the cards for your NYE, no worries. There’s lots of great deals on bubbly out there.

I noticed Binny’s has a sale on two of my favorites, Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV for $22 (actually real deal French stuff!) and Roederer Estate Brut NV from California for $18.

Otherwise look for great Proseccos from Italy like Bisson, Nino Franco, and Mionetto. Or try the Spanish version of bubbly called Cava. Plenty of stunning Cava’s for cheap like Jane Ventura and Segura Viudas Heredad.

If you’ve got to have something uber-cheap for your drunk pals to swig at midnight, here are a few options that don’t scream “Cheap Crap!” by the label. the stuff from the bottom shelf at da Jewels will be the death of you. Best plan ahead with one of these cheap and cheerful bubblies by the case. These range from $7-10 a bottle.

Cristalino Brut NV (Spain)

Paul Cheneau Brut NV (Spain)

Charles de Fere Blanc de Blancs NV (France)

Francois Montand Brut NV (France)

Veuve de Vernay Brut NV (France)

So there’s no excuse for bad bubbly this year, do you hear me? Do you?!

Go out and buy yourself some respectable sparkling wines right now. I promise you will thank me on the 1st.


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