Bubbles

It’s a new year. Bust out of the obvious bubbles rut and give or pour a bottle that will get you props for creativity.
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1. Mel & Rose 

Owner Shawn Banayan suggests Duval Leroy’s 1996 Femme ($73 for 500 ml.) for its lingering finish. Alternative: Drappier NV Brut ($37.99). » 8344 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323-655-5557.

2. Wine Expo 

Roberto Rogness promises that Henri Billiot’s Julie Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay ($96), an unfiltered champagne made from ancient pinot noir vines, “will stop you in your tracks.” Alternative: Moutardier Brut Cuvée Rosé, le Breuil ($49). » 2933 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-828-4428.

3. Mission Wines 

“A great rosé champagne can work its way through a whole meal,” says owner Chris Meeske. His pick is the “elegant and dry” Camille Saves NV Brut Rosé from Bouzy ($64.99). Alternative: 2006 Tintero Moscato d’Asti ($12.99). » 1114 Mission St., South Pasadena, 626-403-9463.

4. K&L Wine Merchants 

“If you’re splurging,” says co-owner Trey Beffa, “I like the ’96 Salon Blanc de Blancs [$229]. It’s crisp and focused.” Alternative: Franck Bonville Brut Blanc de Blancs ($27.99). » 1400 Vine St., Hollywood, 323-464-9463. 

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