Jean Vesselle Reserve Brut, Sale $34.95 (reg. $44.00)

This month I am picking a Champagne because too many people only drink Champagne on New Year’s Eve, and those people are missing out on another 365 days a year when sparkling wine would be perfect. Pick your occasion: Birthday, anniversary, promotion, wedding, it’s Tuesday . . . no matter, it’s better with Champagne. My current choice is the Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve which is currently on sale for $34.95. Bright, focused and elegant, I love this 80 percent Pinot Noir, 20 percent Chardonnay for its power. A terrific food wine, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Stephen Tanzer had to say: “Made with a high percentage of Pinot Noir, this wine has a lot of weight and power plus a very bright finish. A good choice with richer seafood appetizers. Think crab cakes, smoked salmon or caviar. 92 points.”