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Champagne for the New Year? Choose wisely

Posted December 28, 2015

For the best New Year's Eve toast, break out the bubbly.

New Year’s Eve means gathering with close friends and family, making resolutions for next year, and of course, celebrating with bubbly!

However, when it comes to choosing the right bottle for the festivities, some might not know where to start. Chantelle Pabros, fine wine consultant at Morrell & Company Wine in NYC, offers advice on how to choose the right bottle of bubbles for every type of New Year’s celebration.

“There are many different kinds of sparkling wine available, such as Cava, Prosecco, etc. Yet, I always advise customers to go with the bubbly classic on New Year’s: Champagne. What better way to start the year on a good note than by treating yourself to something special and iconic?” says Pabros.

To be considered Champagne, a wine must hail from the Champagne region in France, using a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier varietals, and undergoing strict winemaking restrictions, such as minimal years of aging. There are many Champagnes on the market. Chantelle’s top pick?

“Champagne Taittinger; it’s one of the last remaining family owned and operated marque Champagne houses,” she says. “They are known for the consistent quality of their Champagne and the deep care and experience put behind every bottle. Their signature style is Chardonnay driven, which offers an expressive, toasty style that is both elegant and delicious. Last but not least, you can find it in most wine stores.”

Looking for a Champagne to serve at a large New Year’s party with friends and family? Pabros recommends Champagne Taittinger’s flagship wine, Brut La Francais NV.

“If you’re new to Champagne, start with this wine. It’s a dry, classic style, widely available, and pairs well with every type of food. Your guests will thank you for making their night so memorable!”

Perhaps you find yourself invited to a midnight dessert party? Bring a bottle of Champagne Taittinger Nocturne NV.

“This is a sec style Champagne, meaning it has just a touch of sweetness that begs to be paired with desserts. It will go perfectly with any type of dessert, from a raspberry tarte to chocolate cake pops. If you have a sweet tooth, this Champagne is for you,” says Chantelle.

Maybe this New Year’s you’re bowing out of the big party atmosphere for a more intimate night at home with a loved one? Toast with something really special, such as Champagne Taittinger Comtes Rosé.

“If you really want a wow factor, you can’t go wrong with Champagne Taittinger’s tệte de cuvee. It has a cult following amongst sommeliers because over the last 50 years it is one of the most consistent in quality for this type of Champagne and it comes in a beautiful bottle. It will most certainly offer a most memorable Champagne experience,” adds Pabros.

For more Champagne information, visit www.taittinger.com.

Let’s not forget about New Year’s resolutions. For Pabros, it’s a simple one: “Drink more delicious Champagne!”

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  • George Herbert Dec 29, 2015
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    What a wonderful ad for Taittinger. I'd suggest looking at a good cava or prosecco for around $10 a bottle instead of spending $50+ for a bottle of champagne.