Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind? Not if that old acquaintance is kosher champagne. This time of year we have many opportunities to raise a glass and celebrate, whether at the office holiday party or ushering in the New Year or avoiding the fiscal cliff. While a rich red may keep you warm by the fire at night, an errant drop can ruin a party dress faster than you can say stain stick. So stick to Champagne or sparkling wine, it’s affordable, light, festive and remarkably drinkable most anytime. Here are a few of our seasonal favorites:
Drappier Carte Blanche Brut (France); $45. Fine, fresh, elegant and fruity with apple, yeast and floral notes – a true French Champagne from a prestigious domaine.
Elvi Cava Brut (Spain); $20. A blend of local grape varieties: Perellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo. Bubbly and dry, with interesting floral, mild citrus, and strawberry notes. It is crisp and clean with a moderately long finish.
Herzog Selection Blanc de Blancs Brut (France); $13. This wine is pale gold in color with aromas of peaches mixed with pear and other citrus fruits. A crisp pallate with more pear fruit make this a very pleasant aperitif wine.
Bartenura Prosecco Brut (Italy); $17. A wonderful, slightly sparkling wine produced in the Veneto region of North Italy. Its slightly fruity, creamy, dry quality
With great deference to the poet Robert Burns and his incomprehensible song that is the midnight soundtrack for many a New Year’s celebration, perhaps a change of words is appropriate:
We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne sparkling kosher wine. L'Chaim!