Pass the Bubbly

Pixie Gid adores her bubbly. She loves it so much that she'd rather skip food all together and use her calories for drinking. Everyone has their priorities.

The Laurent-Perrier Brut Millesime 1996 is her fave. It runs $40-60 a bottle. Gid's budget reserves this vintage for special occasions. The Wine Spectator gives it 92 points. Wine critic Stephen Tanzer says:

"Pale color. Concentrated, somewhat exotic nose offers strong soil tones: minerals, flint, oyster liquor and mint. Then brisk and creamy in the mouth, with the strong acids of the vintage giving the concentrated lemon, mineral and spice flavors terrific penetration. Quite incisive but not hard or lean. Finishes long, lemony and brisk."

Gid has a good eye for reasonably priced bubbly. Her current vintage of the moment is NV Bisol Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Brut. Here's what critic Ian D'Agata has to say about it:

"Pale yellow-green, with a very fine mousse Reticent nose reveals a less floral and more mineral set of aromas than the Crede, with hints of jasmine and honeysuckle. Also less effusively fruity on the palate, with restrained apricot and white peach flavors. Overall a less forthcoming style of wine but one that leaves your mouth fresh and clean. Finishes quite dry, with moderate persistence."

Bisol is known as Italy's top Prosecco producer. It is on the wine list at Tom Colicchio's Craft in Century City for $38, but you can the same bottle up at Whole Foods and other retailers for a fraction of the price, $12-18.

Alli411 Tip

1. I haven't checked Bristol Farms for these vintages, but did you know about their discount liquor policy? Once you buy 6 bottles of liquor, they give a 10% discount off each additional bottle you purchase.

2. Craft just just rolled their lounge and terrace into Craftbar with small plates under $10. See EaterLA for more details.

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