Korbel Extra Dry Champagne (NV)
Just for the sake of sharing a more affordable Champagne option than the Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Blue Top Brut Champagne that I last wrote about, here we go. I had the chance to try this Korbel on New Year's Eve, and while it was clearly inferior when sampled back-to-back with the Heidsieck & Co., I'd say this is a pretty decent option as far as dry Champagnes.
Normally I wouldn't buy Korbel (and, in fact, I didn't buy it; someone brought it to my house) simply because it seems like one of those cliche brands. But it was pleasantly crisp and dry with notes of citrus and honey. The only beef I have is that you really can't officially call it "Champagne" unless it's produced in the Champagne region of France. Clearly this one is made in California, but I guess I'll let it slide.