Well, 2012 wasn’t the end of the world, but the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a bold new year are upon us. That’s why we’ve once again selected a few of our over one-hundred sparkling wines and specially priced them for New Year’s Eve. The days of premium prices for premium sparklers are long gone, so you can easily break out the bubbly without breaking the bank. We’ve previously pointed out that “Too Much Champagne” Is An Oxymoron and suggested Champagne For Your Real Friends, Real Pain For Your Sham Friends, and although some of those featured wines might not still be available, the items featured will give you a good idea of the breadth of our selection. We may have others on special; you’ll have to stop by the store and see for yourself! But selecting some nice bubbly isn’t the ONLY thing a good host should be thinking about this New Year’s Eve. We definitely encourage the enjoyment of fine drink around the holidays, but only if it’s done RESPONSIBLY. And if you’re hosting a holiday party this year, the well-being of your guests is YOUR responsibility. Here are some quick reminders for how to have a safe holiday celebration:
Check Keys Like Coats – This is a great way to make sure you see EVERY guest as they leave to see what kind of shape they’re in. Any guest who has a problem with this may have problems with other things, like sensible drinking.
Have One Or More Designated Drivers On Hand – Taxis can be hard to come by on New Years Eve. Make sure you have one or more people in attendance who will commit to staying COMPLETELY sober, and willing to give rides throughout the evening.
Feed Them, Water Them, Don’t Overserve – This is no-brainer stuff. Make sure you have plenty of food and NON alcohol beverages on hand. And SLOW DOWN the serving of drinks as the party progresses, don’t SPEED IT UP! And STOP serving well before the party ends.
Those are some basics, but for a much more expansive list, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has a handy guide called Responsible Party Host Tips (269KB, PDF)
HAVE FUN, BUT BE SAFE!
IF YOU DRINK, DRINK RESPONSIBLY!
|Pascual Toso Brut||From the Producer: Bright green and yellow in color, this sparkling wine balances yeast with the essential characteristics of Chardonnay. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and easy to drink. With time, the Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut evolves and gain complexity in its bottle.100% Chardonnay. $12.99 $8.99|
|Segura Viudas Cava||From the Producer: Aromas are of white fruits, citrus, tropical fruits, and light floral notes. The palate is exquisite, complex and full of flavor, with good acidity and notes of lime and pineapple. It is dry and long on the finish.
Pairing: Brut Reserva is ideal to start a meal, or a loyal companion to pasta dishes. It can be served with soft cheeses like Brie, pizza, grilled chicken or prawns. $9.99 $8.49
|Rotari Talento Trentodoc Brut||From the Producer: Hand harvested on the estate vineyards and produced in the “Metodo Classico”, adhering to the strict quality standards mandated by the “Trento DOC” guarantee. The Rotari Brut is bottle fermented for 18-24 months. Color: straw yellow; Fragrance: intense and fruity; Flavor: dry, full, fragrant, well balanced and harmonious; Perlage: fine and persistent.
Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif, or recommended with first and second course dishes. $14.99 $12.99
|Vueve Clicquot Ponsardin||From the Producer: A perfect example of harmony between delicacy and power. Dominated by Pinot Noir, this wine has a firm structure, rounded with a touch of Pinot Meunier. Nearly a third of Chardonnay gives it the elegance and finesse needed for perfect balance. A blend of fifty crus, mainly Grands and Premiers Crus. Consistent quality due to 25 to 35 of reserve wines. Brut Yellow Label Champagne has an intense, pleasant fragrance, with fruit and brioche notes. Well-balanced and pleasantly fresh to taste, with a remarkable fruity structure. Pairing: A perfect aperitif, and a welcome accompaniment for seafood. $59.99 $49.99|
|Pommery Brut Rose||From the Producer: A festive salmon pink,with a subtle tinge of rust. Fruity and fleshy, elegantly robust with a perfect balance of freshness. Although delightful by day, soft lighting is the most flattering to Brut Rose’s colors, making it the champagne of romantic evenings, par excellence. To create Brut Rose, Pommery selects some thirty crus. In this delicate composition, Chardonnay grapes are predominant, making up over one-third of the blend. A handful of Pinot Noir grapes are made into red wine before being blended with the Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier varieties. The Brut Rose is then aged in the Pommery cellars for an average of three years. $99.99 $79.99|
|Henrio Cuvee des
|From the Producer: Radiant, warm and limpid yellow-gold. Fine, persistent effervescence. The nose is dominated by aromas of fresh fruit and slightly candied citrus fruit, followed by floral notes that offer an airy, discreet and pleasant bouquet. Lots of freshness, a sign of remarkable purity and great finesse. The wine shows excellent maturity, revealed gradually on the palate: dried fruit, caramel, spicy flavours. $199.99 $149.99, or 6 bottles for $750.00|
|Nicolas Feullette Cuvee 225||From the Producer: Extremely clear, with a playful mischievous mousse, a beautifully poised ribbon punctuated with magnificent effervescence, enhances the brightness of the yellow-gold robe. Generous, effusing delicious notes of honey, spice, apricot and peach yellow fruits and vanilla. The oaky character remains subtle and never overpowers, while smoky nuances underscore the aromatic complexity of the wine. Develops around the balance of freshness and depth, even unctuosity. The clean, structured and vinous finish indicates appealing aging potential. $119.99 $79.99|