What, there is more than one sparkling wine made in the relatively small growing region surrounding the town of Sonoma? Gloria Ferrer (owned by the Cava producer Freixenet) may be the most widely known, but, yes, there are others — including many still wine producers who make a bit of bubbly on the side.
Though you gotta have bubbles, there's no rule that says that Champagne is required to ring in the New Year. Rather, the imperative is to open something which has a cork that pops and to drink something refreshing and bubbly at 12:01 January 1. So, why not save the money that you would have spent on Champagne and instead buy yourself something nice to kick off 2010. In that spirit, here's three picks from local stores that will get you a loud cork and a mouthful of delicious sparkling wine. Cheers!