New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and time to consider what bubblie you’ll be drinking to bring in 2011. If you want the best, then go with a favourite French Champagne, but there are lots of cheaper and excellent alternatives in the form of sparkling wines from Australia, Argentina, Portugal, Canada, the United States and South Africa.There are some lovely French alternatives from the Jura, Loire Valley and Alsace at half to a quarter of the price of the more famous Champagnes. Add to the list the fast gaining Italian Prosecco and don’t forget the favourite standby – Spanish Cava. With prices from the low teens to over $500/bottle, the choices are endless.
Of course, the world’s most famous celebratory drink is French Champagne, la crème de la crème of sparklers, whether it be the Non-Vintage style or the ultra premium Vintage dated expensive tete de cuvees, usually made from blends of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. You can also find 100% Chardonnays (Blanc de Blancs), 100% Pinot Noirs (Blanc de Noirs), or the Demi-Sec (slightly sweet) ones too.
While the majority of Champagne sales happens during the end of the year, we at deVine feel anytime is a good time for bubbles so make a New Year’s resolution to taste all kind of sparkling wine throughout the year for any occasion. If ever you’re stuck with finding a wine to pair with food, consider bubbles – they are more versatile than most people think. Sushi, KFC, smoked salmon, oyster, caviar, Thai food, seafood come to mind. However, for New Year’s eve, bubbles are a must, and you’ll find all kinds of recommendations if you follow the ‘read full article’ link below…From us to you, a very Happy New Year!