Meanwhile, you can cross the channel to France, bubbly's birthplace. Alfred Gratien Brut non-vintage ($50ish, 12.5 percent ABV)-a true Champagne, from the eponymous region-pours clear and frothy, with apple, quinine, and lemon-cookie aromatics. Its broad palate carries sweet bread and citrus notes with a savory hint of smoked meat. Alfred's cute Loire Valley cousin Gratien & Meyer Saumur Brut Rosé 2010 ($20ish, 12.5 percent ABV) makes a cheaper date. Blending 80 percent cabernet Franc with 20 percent grolleau, it shows pale, copper-toned pink. Spritzy scents of rose, wild strawberry, and rainwater introduce lingering flavors of red berries and herbs, with traces of peppercorn. I won't need a resolution to enjoy more like these in 2014.