Many of us will be ringing in the New Year by dining out at a favorite restaurant or attending a celebration with friends. Some of us prefer to spend a quiet evening at home with that special person in our life. As we mark the transition to the New Year, a toast with Champagne or Sparkling wine has become a favored tradition. We offer the following “Sparkling” suggestions from around the world and hope that they will enhance the enjoyment of your New Year’s celebration.
While sparkling wines are produced in many nations, the Champagne region of France is generally recognized as the benchmark for quality and prestige. The PERRIER- JOUET GRAND BRUT would be an excellent choice. Not only is it outstanding Champagne, but it is packaged in an attractive gift box that would make the perfect gift for your host or hostess. Spain produces a number of high-quality sparkling Cava and the JAUME SERRRA CRISTALINO was selected as “Value Brand of the Year” for three consecutive years by Wine & Spirits Magazine. One of our favorites from Italy is the ZONIN PROSECCO, fresh, crisp and lively and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. A few wineries in Australia, known for Shiraz produce a sparkling wine from this grape. We believe you will enjoy the CHOCOLATE BOX Sparkling Shiraz from down under. This sparkler features a bouquet of rich dark cocoa and fragrant roasted coffee followed by flavors of strawberry, blueberry with a hint of vanilla. The United States produces outstanding sparkling wines and a selection from California’s KORBEL, SCHARFFENBERGER, and ROEDERER ESTATE or SCHRAMSBERG would be a welcome guest at your celebration. Washington State’s DOMAINE STE. MICHELLE produces a number of award-winning sparkling wines in the Extra Dry, Brut and Rose styles. If you would prefer to ring in this New Year with a sparkling wine but one without alcohol, consider FRE from the folks at SUTTER HOME. It is America’s #1 alcohol-free sparkling wine and is crisp, delicate and delicious and is available at your favorite wine shop. Another sparkling possibility this year is the increasingly popular Moscato. The FLIP FLOP BUBBLY MOSCATO is light-bodied, sweet and bursting with flavors of ripe pear and juicy peach. Tennessee’s own STONEHAUS WINERY offers several delightful sparklers such as the Seyval Blanc Brut, Sparkling Muscadine and the whimsical “Tickled Pink”.
“Here’s a toast to the future, a toast to the past, and a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; the past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear.”
All of us at Lipman Brothers wish you, your friends and families a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!