Your Guide to Choosing New Year’s Eve Champagne and Sparkling Wine

12.28.18 By

The holiday season is approaching, and that means a new year is just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or planning an evening in, there’s no better way to make the most of the night than with a bottle of bubbly. Not sure which is best suited for your festivities? You’ll find something for every taste at Acquistapace’s. Here’s how to make the right choice.

Explore Sparkling Wines

The first thing to keep in mind when choosing your New Year’s toast: all Champagne is sparkling wine, but not every sparkling wine is Champagne. Champagne must originate from the place that gives the drink its name, Northern France’s Champagne region. The broader category of sparkling wines includes many varieties, from cava and prosecco to vintages created in the U.S.

Next, you’ll need to determine which type of sparkling wine you’re interested in. These include:

  • Blanc de Blanc: Typically made with Chardonnay grapes, these sparkling wines offer racy yet elegant mineralty.
  • Blanc de Noir: Thanks to dark, bold pinot noir and/or pinot meunier grapes, less time is needed before these fruity wines are ready to sip.
  • Rosé: An accessible sparkling wine with minimal tannins, rosés require less aging than a Blanc de Blanc and are a popular choice.
  • Prestige Cuvée: Hosting a special event where only the best will do? Prestige Cuvée blends grape varieties and is aged for the longest period to achieve superior quality and flavor.

You’ll also want to consider dryness, which can range from the extremely dry brut nature with no added sugar to pleasingly sweet demi-sec and doux varieties and several steps between.

Match Your Menu

If you’re serving food, you’ll want to pick Champagne or sparkling wine with sweetness levels that complement your menu. Passing around a cheese tray? Opt for something between dry and brut. It’s sweet enough to supply a refreshing touch without being overwhelming. For cakes and other desserts, choose a doux sparkling wine – the sweetest type available – to avoid acidic flavors that might distract from or clash with the sweetness.

Don’t Decide on Price Alone

One last note – New Year’s Eve is often associated with high-class dinners and fancy wine, but that doesn’t mean your sparkling wine has to carry a high price tag. And while you might want to treat yourself to a special bottle to ring in the New Year, you’ll also find many affordable options to suit your preferences. When in doubt, stop by Acquistapace’s to ask an expert about the Champagne and sparkling wine that best suit you and your budget.

Prepare to Celebrate

Here at Acquistapace’s, our wines have been carefully selected by Adam Acquistapace himself, which means you can expect nothing less than the finest bottles available. Visit us in Covington or Mandeville, and we’ll help you pull off a New Year’s Eve you’ll never forget with everything from charcuterie and cheese to beer, spirits and more.

 

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