Here it is: my obligatory Champagne/New Year's Eve piece. A true staple, this is one of many in the old wine writing arsenal like the article that urges you to try rose wine because its spring (or summer or fall) or the bit on what to pair with turkey for Thanksgiving. So here it is. Whether you want it or not, it's that time of year.
The good news is that I'll keep it short. I won't tell you that Cava makes a fine substitute for those who want some mousse for less money. I will not recommend a grower Champagne. In fact, I will not recommend any sparkling wine for that matter. Frankly, I don't care if you get your bubbles from a gin and tonic, which isn't such a bad idea.
However, should it be Champagne you seek, I will offer some drink for thought. A unique website called Libation Unlimited allows you to browse bubbly by cork and capsule . I have yet to fully figure why such a site should exist, but it does so we best make use of it. So feel free to forget what you drank this New Year’s Eve; rest assured, if you keep the cork, you can figure it out later.
Scott Rosenbaum is director of operations for the International Wine Center and wine buyer for the retailer DrinkUpNY .
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