It seems like it was just yesterday we ushered in 2009 and here we are now at the start of another New Year.
This is the time of year we think about making resolutions. I’m not one to make resolutions since I realized at an early age that I was never successful. So I changed my way of thinking.
Every year my goal is to be adventurous and try new things, nothing crazy or exotic. Things that I normally would shy away from I now make a serious effort to try. It’s a learning experience and it can be fun because I’ve found that not only did I enjoy most of the new things I tried, but I’ve expanded my horizons (whatever that is :)).
So on this New Year’s Eve of 2010 let’s start by celebrating and make a toast to the good ol’ year and welcome the New Year with sparkling wine or Champagne.
New Year’s Eve celebrations is a great time to serve these wines with all the high-fat meats and cheeses; salty prosciutto, smoked salmon, caviar and seafood. These are all great food pairings.
Sparking wines come in a variety of styles. This list can help you choose one to fit your menu or personal taste.
Blanc de blanc is made from white grapes and is a lighter wine.
Food Pairing: Try with the Italian style cheese Parmigiano-Reggiano; salty prosciutto; popcorn; raw oysters, scallops and lobster ravioli.
Blanc de noirs is made from red or black grapes and is a heavier or more full-bodied wine.
Food Pairing: Meats such as baked ham, pork. If you are serving brunch with kippered salmon or eggs benedict this is one style you can serve.
Rosé sparkling wine is also made from red or black grapes. This wine is more full-bodied than the blanc de noirs.
Food Pairing: Ham, veal, chicken, fried oysters, grilled salmon.
These sparkling wines and Champagnes may be labeled as Brut or Extra Dry.
Brut is the driest style of sparkling wine and is an excellent choice for all types of meals. Though this should not be served with dessert.
Extra Dry sparkling wine has a touch of sweetness to it. This would be the style of sparkling wine to serve with fresh strawberries and cookies. It is also the style of wine for those who do prefer a sweet wine. I always have this on hand to serve with fresh fruit.
Sofia Blanc de Blancs (California) $19
Domaine Saint Michelle Blanc de Noir (Washington State) $10
Sofia Rosé (California) $17
Shingleback N.V. Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz (Australia) $25
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad (Spain) $20
Roederer Estate Brut (California) $20
If you are celebrating and toasting a very special event you may want to celebrate in style with these Champagnes.
Louis Roederer Cristal
Veuve Clicquot NV-Brut
Louis Roederer Cristal
Perrier Jouët-Fleur de Champagne-Rosé
Sparkling wine or Champagne is always a good choice for any occasion. So be adventurous, try something new, and make a toast to peace, harmony and a healthy New Year.