Tis the season to be sharing a glass of champagne with friends and family. Here are 12 varieties that would each make for the perfect holiday tipple. The initials NV stand for "non-vintage" but what that actually refers to is a collection of vintages that have been blended into a house style. The goal is to create consistency so that NVs from various years taste the same. Two of my favourites are Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Moët et Chandon . And, because they're so popular the flavours should be quite fresh, as the bottles will not have been left on the shelf for very long. For something new, embrace the trend for zero dosage, or "ultra-brut", champagnes, which have had no sugar added during the sediment-clearing process. My favourite is the baby brother of Bollinger, the lively, zesty Ayala Brut Nature . A blanc de blancs champagne is made purely from chardonnay grapes (as opposed to the usual blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay). One can expect light floral notes, a delicious creaminess and hints of brioche and toasted almond. The Ruinart Blanc de Blancs , from the oldest house in the Champagne region of France, is divine. If you prefer a vintage blanc de blancs, my choice would be Jacquarts 2005 . It's lush in the glass, with scents of white peach and croissant, and would be perfect for Christmas morning. And what's Christmas without a rose from your true love? For an NV rosé, my pick would be Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (right). Always elegant in its distinctive bottle, the wine is dry and crisp, with scents of lush strawberry, raspberry and cherry from the pinot noir grape. If you're feeling flush, a vintage rosé would be even more indulgent. I've been good this year, so I hope Santa puts a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 2006 in my stocking; the wine tastes of a melange of red orchard fruits, with crisp acidity. Vintage champagnes are an expression of the champagne maker's skill. They're not made every year - only when the sun, moon and stars align to ensure that everything is perfect in the vineyard. The best, without breaking the bank, would be Lanson's 2004 and 2005 Gold Label , which drinks very well, with heaps of toasted brioche and hints of vanilla, spiced apricot and pear - Christmas in a glass. For true indulgence, there's Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame . This vintage champagne is presented in a lovely gift box. While Krug Grande Cuvée is not a vintage wine, it is truly the best expression of champagne. Aged in limited oak barrels and made in small quantities, it is well worth splurging out on. Also consider Salon by Delamotte . In the blanc de blancs style, it is pure lushness in a glass. Finally, Cristal by Roederer is divine and comes in a highly distinctive bottle - clear glass, as it was created for the last tsar of Russia, so he could see there were no impurities. This is a rare collector's item. Enjoy it as is - whatever you do, don't pour orange juice into it, as I once saw a guest do at a wedding. Happy sipping and see you in 2015! Nellie Ming Lee is a food stylist and part-time sommelier studying with the Court of Master Sommeliers.