Austrian Bubbly

The holiday season calls for festive wines, but champagne can put a big dent in your beverage budget. As a more affordable alternative, James Tidwell, master sommelier and beverage manager for the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas (, recommends a sparkling rose, such as Nigl Sekt Rose 2008. "It's a dry, sparkling wine made from red grape varieties, with strawberry, melon and tomato-water notes," Tidwell says. Bottles cost approximately $25 (, about half the price of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut.