Not all bubbly is created equal (mantra number one for special occasions calling for said bubbly). Mantra number two: All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. Here is a great article explaining the difference.
For me? I just like the bubbles!
My New Year’s Eve has gotten more peaceful – candlelight and mellllllow-oriented versus cheers of champagne toasts across dance floors as I have gotten older. I pick some of my fave snacks like Creminelli’s tartufo salami with black truffles and drunken goat cheese to nibble on through the evening. This year has me thinking some roasted veggies with aioli – easy and delicious – and some kind of seafood like scallops or lobster. Music, a very few friends, and good conversation that includes the bubbly. Cheers!
Moscato has become my preferred method of bubbly intake so I have a few Sparkling wine and Moscato and Prosecco suggestions, as well as the bubbles to the glass list of the most amazing (and pricey) champagnes. Champagne is normally around 12% alchohol while Moscato comes in aorund 5-6%.
For my NEW YEAR 2015: A few bottles of Moscato d’Asti from Antica Cantina di Calosso ($15) are chilling and I am looking forward to the sweet, orchard notes and bubbles galore! The Moscato d’Asti is more bubbly than regular Moscato.
Zonin Prosecco Special Cuvée Brut, Veneto, Italy ($11+) gorgeous citrus notes and a hint of almond without any sweet (unless you count the price). Zonin is Italy’s largest privately-owned vineyard.
Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco D.O.C. ($9 to $10 approx). This is a dry, affordable prosecco and works great in cocktails. I love the Cupcake Moscato too!
Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Champagne, France (about $30 for the Brut “Blue Label” NV) – a good champagne that will not break the bank and I love the peach notes!
Pricey but AMAZING Champagne:
Moët & Chandon – this is one of the largest Champagne houses in the world and the home of the very familiar Dom Perignon. According to Richard Geoffroy’s Manifesto : “Dom Pérignon expresses its first plenitudes after seven years in the cellar.” As of 2010, the current release of Dom Pérignon is from the 2002 vintage and the current release of Dom Pérignon Rosé is from the 2000 vintage. Dom Perignon is a prestigious and quality champagne and the price tag reflects that – but the experience is worth it! Tête de Cuvée: 2002 Dom Perignon $150
Perrier-Jouët – who doesn’t recognize the elegant Flower Bottle champagne of Perrier-Jouët? The pear and apple notes make this one of the Hungry Goddess’ favorite special occasion champagnes! Tête de Cuvée: 2004 Fleur de Champagne $125
Piper Heidsieck – “The house style at Piper Heidsieck is one that produces racy wines with citrus and tart apple notes framed by gentle yeast, toast and mineral elements. It’s an excellent caviar Champagne!” The Hungry Goddess agrees! Piper Heidsieck also makes one of our favorite Pink Champagnes – Piper Heidsieck Rose Sauvage! Tête de Cuvée: 2002 Cuvée Rare $125
Veuve Clicquot– The Veuve Clicquot House was originally established in 1772 and Madame Clicquot is credited not only with establishing the brand during the Napoleonic Wars in the royal courts of Europe, but also of making great breakthroughs in the method of champagne handling. Experts agree that the Tête de Cuvée La Grande Dame elevates the brand while remaining refined and elegant with great length and finesse. Tête de Cuvée: 1998 La Grande Dame $125
How are YOU celebrating New Year’s?
Wishing you a wonderful 2015!