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September 23, 2011
Champagne at Ella 1/2 off through Saturday

Ella Dining Room & Bar (12th and K Streets, Sacramento) is commemorating its fourth anniversary with a deal that deserves its own toast. All bottles of champagne and bubbly are half-off through Saturday, ranging from domestic sparkling wines to some of France's most esteemed champagne houses. The celebration also includes a special $30 three-course prix fixe menu that includes such selections as an appetizer of ricotta gnocchi and lamb sirloin or pan seared Passmore Ranch trout as an entree. Click here for the full anniversary menu.

So which bubbly to buy at half-price? Here are a few suggestions, and take 50% off these noted list prices:

Budget: NV Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut ($44). This sparkler is one of the domestic wine world's most reliable producers, and with a sale price of just above $20, that's about the same price you'd find it at BevMo. A solid sparkler for an exceptional deal.

Just got paid: NV Ruinart Blanc de Blancs ($125). This chardonnay-based champagne is always a charmer with its rich body and tantalizing citrus flavors. A glass of this paired with the anniversary menu's appetizer of the local salad with peaches and nectarines will make your taste buds sing.

Baller status: MV Krug Grand Cuvee ($275). Ella's bubbly list offers plenty of fine champagne selections, including the 1985 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose ($288), but when in doubt - and have the cash flow - you've got to go with Krug. Just the name alone gives a Pavlovian kind of reaction with champagne aficionados, and one taste of this creamy, complex and flavor filled champagne will make you understand why.

For reservations: (916) 443-3772 or www.elladiningroomandbar.com

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