With world-class sparklers being made in our own backyard, who needs expensive Champagne to ring in the new year?

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Here are our top picks (in no particular order):

1. ’11 Blomidon Late Pick Chardonnay
2. ’12 Blomidon Crémant
3. ’11 Blomidon Cuvée L’Acadie
4. ’10 L’Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut Zero Dosage
5. ’12 L’Acadie Vineyards Cuvée Rosé
6. NV Benjamin Bridge Méthode Classique
7. Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve (any vintage you can get your hands on, but we love ’05!)
8. ’12 Avondale Sky Blanc de Noir Brut

Most of the above are available at Bishops Cellar or the Port of Wines on Doyle Street in Halifax.

Happy New Year!