Champagne: the ultimate symbol of celebrity, fame and fortune. Those who top Forbes’ various lists of the richest people in the world bathe in it, and the hip-hop community has certainly embraced it a choice beverage for both drinking and spraying on video vixens.
But when it comes to popping bottles, rappers are stuck in a dull holding pattern. Dom Pérignon, Cristal, and Moët—plus the odd rosé—are pretty much the only sparklers that get any love, unless you’re rolling with Jay-Z, who pushes the gaudy, gold-bottled Armand de Brignac (ne Ace of Spades). There’s nothing wrong with these wines, but a little diversity wouldn’t go amiss.
When it comes to bubbly, having good taste can actually mean spending less money, not more, since you avoid the hype and price gauging. With New Year’s Eve around the corner, pause a moment and consider champagne under a new disco light: One that positions bubbly as your new house wine of 2013, to be paired with meals and enjoyed anytime, not just on special occasions.
Time for rappers—and the rest of us—to add a little individual swag to the tradition of popping bottles. You never know, you might just discover a sick-ass sparkling wine from the Rhone that blows Dommy P outta the water, costs a mere Jackson, and pairs superbly with some chicken.
To wit: Here are eight great sparkling wines to crack open on Monday night and beyond, plus two special picks for the man who has everything, Jay-Z.