So, if you follow me on Instagram @sweetandmasala, you know that every Wednesday I do a #winewednesday post, chronically different wines from all around the world.
Well, today, I decided to bring my Insta Series to life and do a blog post on what Champagne to sip on this New Year’s Eve.
You can thank me later.
Why do we drink Champagne on NYE?
I mean, besides the obvi, its FUCKING DELICIOUS; full of carbonated bubbles which just scream for a good time, and, in my opinion, Champagne has a whole, let’s celebrate vibe, don’t you think?
A little background for ya….
Like most things, the history of Champagne revolves around religion, royalty, old, rich, white dude and of course, good marketing.
In the 5th century there was a King who switched over to Catholicism. On Christmas Day he was baptized in the Champagne region of France and was baptized with local Champs.
In years after that all the royals and aristocrats started to enjoy the adult beverage, but the one problem was that the glass bottles they came in would constantly explode at any time with no warning.
One of the most prominent Champagne Houses, Dom Perignon, figured out how to keep the wine pressured, drop the price and market it to all of us peasants! Since it was known that Champs was for people on the higher end of the stick, the drink become an aspiration for people to get.
Since commoners couldn’t afford to drink it all the time, it became the drink of choice for special occasions, including New Years. Newspapers and magazines caught on and began pushing ads for Champs over the holidays
The more you know, right?
Now that the history lesson is over, it’s time for the good stuff.
The Best Bottles of Champagne to Get Your Buzz on This New Years Eve
On a Budget
Freixenet “Carta Nevada” brut cava, Spain, $9.99
You’ve had the Freixenet brut cava from the matte black bottle — aka “Black Bottle Bubbly.” Try something new at the exact same price point.
Boyer Blanc de Blancs, France, $11.95
It’s from France. It’s made in méthode champenoise (the labor-intensive process used in making Champagne, where secondary fermentation happens inside the bottle and thus creates bubbles), from one of the three grapes allowed in Champagne. And it’s easily, often mistaken for Champagne. If you’re only going to buy one case, this is it.
La Marca Prosecco, Italy, $13.99
This bottle has a special place in my cold heart; its affordable, delicious, and makes me think, “if my walls could talk.”
Lini 910 “Labrusca” lambrusco rosso, Italy, $14.99
It’s red, it’s sparkling, what more could you possibly want? Tastes like god damn juice and goes amazing with Parmesan cheese for Emilia Romagna.
Try Something New
If you like the richness and complexity of Champagne, try Franciacorta, Italy’s answer to Champagne.
Vouvray is made from Chenin Blanc and can be produced in virtually any style. Wilder in tone, with notes of exotic spices and tropical fruits, this bubbly is great with cheese or charcuterie.
Perrier-Jouët “Grand Brut, France, $49
Slightly sweet, light on the palette and brings me right back to my Vegas days…I’ll let you fill in the blanks.
Luscious, elegant, all the berries….yeah, this brings out my inner housewife moment.
Now if you’re left reading this a little….confused…don’t worry, I’m learning as I go!
Check out this guide to Sparkling Wine by The Kitchn to find your drink of choice. There is a pairing above to match each of these!
Talk to you soon!
Thank you to these publishers for all the history and recommendations of Champagne
*:Put Together the Sparkliest New Years Eve Ever:*