This week, I’m suggesting two bottles that together cost me $18.98.

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, I thought that it would be appropriate to search out a great value sparkling wine. I found the one that I will go to time and time again, for those occasions when I’m feeling like a little bubbly, but not wanting to impress anyone but myself.

It’s called Yellow by Yellowglen (NV) and it’s one of the most popular sparkling wines in Australia. This bottle of “champers,” as they say in Australia, cost me $10.99 at my local grocery store. Yes, I do believe that there are plenty of respectable wines to be found at the grocery store (mine has a good selection, anyway; I suppose that it depends on where you shop.) This sparkling wine is fruity and crisp, with notes of pineapple, melon, and citrus. It’s affordable without showcasing that “cheap champagne” finish, and I know that you know what I’m talking about. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that I spent more on this bottle of wine….but I do know better, and I do know that this wine is a bargain. I’m raising a glass of it right now, to celebrate the unbelievable deal that I got on a gray jacket yesterday at Marshall’s. The designer’s price tag was still on the jacket. It said $199.99. I paid $20.00, and it looks fabulous.

On to my next selection for this week. It’s the 2005 Four Emus Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon . At a different local grocery store (this one being more high-end), this wine normally sells for $11.99, but I found it on sale for $7.99. This wine is from Western Australia and is a blend of 71% Sauvignon Blanc and 29% Semillon. The nose has a decidedly feline characteristic about it, which is very typical of Australian Sauvignon Blancs, but everything else about this wine is very enjoyable. It is fruit-forward, grassy, and crisp. As an added bonus, the bottle is closed with a screwcap, of which I am a huge fan. I think that this wine is a great value at its standard price of around $10, but at $7.99, I should have bought more than one bottle. You know I watch those sale prices; I’ll be ready next time.