It’s Christmas Day. 2006 is winding down and New Year’s Eve celebrations are less than a week away.
If you plan to have or attend a New Year’s Eve party and like to keep things traditional, then a bottle or two of Champagne or sparkling wine is a must.
There are plenty of choices available – some of it good and some of it not so good. My advice is to spend a few extra dollars and avoid the ultra-bargain priced sparkers, which tend to be overly carbonated, slightly sweet and flavorless. But also be aware that prices for some labels – particularly Champagne – can sometimes vary by as much as $5 to $10 a bottle at different locations.
So shop wisely, drink responsibly and enjoy the occasion. Here are a few personal favorites:
Mumm Napa Non-Vintage Blanc de Noir (about $15 to $22): From California comes this lovely sparkling wine with floral aromas, delicate fruit flavors and a slightly creamy finish.
Argyle 2001 Brut (about $18 to $23): This delicious sparkling wine from Oregon’s Willamette Valley has plenty of pear and mineral flavors, topped with a crisp, yeasty finish.
Perrier Jouet Non-Vintage Grand Brut (about $35 to $45): A true French Champagne blended primarily with Chardonnay grapes. It’s rich and aromatic with layers of toasty, baked apple flavors. A bit of a splurge, but worth every penny.