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
1995 Veuve La Grand Dame
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