Friday, December 30, 2011

Feeling Bubbly?

Happy New Year, all!

I have to admit this pesky cold is not helping me to feel bubbly. But hopefully by tomorrow night I'll be on the the mend and in the pink!

How about you? Any fun plans? In case you haven't picked up your celebratory Champagne yet, I asked my friend Bob (he of the annual Champagne tasting party) to recommend a few great bottles to bring to your fete or to quietly toast the new year. Here are his picks:

"Most of the Non Vintage Cuvees are well-made wines for their price points ($30-$50). For my personal taste (masculine styled Champagnes) in the Non Vintage, Vintage or Tete de Cuvee price levels, the Champagne houses that I prefer are Krug, Bolliger, Pol Roger, Vilmart & Cie, Egly Ouriet, Billecart Salmon and Veuve Clicquot. On the next level down, Henriot Charles Heidsieck, Guy Charlemagne, Ariston Aspasie and the domestic producer Argyle from Oregon."  

Which bottles have been the crowd favorites over the last 15 years of Champagne Parties?

1989 Veuve La Grand Dame 
1989 Veuve La Grand Dame (tied with) 1989 Krug 
1990 Pol Roger Chardonnay 
1990 Pol Roger - Sir Win Church 
NV Krug
1995 Veuve La Grand Dame
1988 Krug 
NV Nicolas Feuillatte - Blanc de Blanc  
1996 Nicolas Feuillatte - Plames d'Or
1996 Deutz Cuvee William - Rose
NV Launois - Quartz
NV Mumm Cremant Blanc 
2002 Henri Billiot - Brut Grand Cru
NV Philiponnat - Brut Royal 
NV Billecart Salmon - Brut Reserve 

Cheers to all! Have a sparkling New Year's weekend and enjoy every last moment of 2011. See you in 2012! XO



  1. Going to stay as low key as possible, Jeanne. I am worn out from Christmas.
    Have a Happy New Year!

  2. So hope you are on the mend soon too, my son is also under the weather, tis the season! We are invited to a party but not sure I am up to traveling an hour each way especially on NYE. Also invited to a friends house locally for a get together which sounds much more my speed! I think this is the year for more low key celebrations.....and I am actually loving that! Hope whatever you do is wonderful and relaxing...cheers to a happy and healthy 2012!

  3. We are going out tonight instead and then hosting a brunch on New Year's Day - much more my style. I'm sure the recommended champagnes are too high quality for this but we'll be enjoying mimosas on Sunday morning! Hope you get well in time to celebrate tomorrow night. :)

  4. I hope you feel better! We are up in the mountains for NYE...I hope they will be able to pull off the fireworks!!

  5. Bonjour Jeanne. I certainly hope you feel better by tomorrow evening (those lovely "bubbles" should help clear your nasal passages and your head ;-) My mother-in-law left two days ago and we are slowly bouncing back-- It was a busy time for our family. We will be celebrating with neighborhood friends tomorrow evening and will ring in the New Year in style. Bonne année 2012! See you "l'année prochaine!" - Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  6. I was just dropping by to wish my friends a Happy New Year when I stumbled on your blog. I will follow on my way out so I can come visit again. I hope you can find the time to do the same over at my place soon. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  7. Happy New Year sweet girl! Let's ring it in together again soon! Loads of snow in Sun Valley - beautiful, but cold!

    XOXO, C

  8. Jeanne, of course you would go out with a splash! :)

    Here is to a year full of joy, wonder and CREATIVITY for you and yours...



  9. Well you know a bubbly post is right up my alley! Hoping you were feeling a bit better this evening and able to enjoy a toast (or two). Cheers to you and to a wonderful 2012!!



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