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January is a Great Time for Pierre Peters Blanc De Blancs Champagne

Maybe the last time you had a fine Champagne like the Pierre Peters Blanc de Blancs was New Year’s Eve. OK, maybe even technically in January if the clock struck midnight before you popped the cork. But while January for many signals a month of austerity after a month (or two or three…) of indulgence, [More]

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Brief Thoughts on Sabering Champagne

Sabering Champagne certainly provides an extra level of drama and ceremony to your New Year’s Eve. I feel a lot better about the process when: The first bottle is an inexpensive Cava, and its successful sabering makes me confident that a bottle of Champagne can be handed over for Round Two. I’m at a safe [More]

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Last Minute New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine and Champagne Suggestions

Ok, it’s New Year’s Eve. Time to hustle out and get something festive and delicious. My two most recent posts on the Foodista blog have you covered, with 5 ideas for bargain sparkling wine and, for the Champagne lovers, 5 Blanc de Blancs. Photo courtesy epicxero.

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Sparkling Rosé For New Year’s Eve

With so many bubbles to choose from for New Year’s Eve, I’m going to hone in on a favorite: sparkling rosé. You’ll probably see both still and sparkling rosé make numerous appearances on this blog, so buckle up. Since there is nothing I love more than sparkling wine (and especially Champagne), and I have year-round [More]

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Asparagus and Wine: Together Forever

AsparagusOriginally uploaded by jamesonf One of the worst “truths” about food and wine pairings is that asparagus does not go well with wine. This is completely wrong! Here is a list of wines I would drink with asparagus: Sparkling Wine (Prosecco, Cremant, Champagne) Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley or South Africa) Riesling (dry from Australia or [More]

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It’s almost New Year’s Eve, the one time of year when everybody is looking to drink sparkling wine and Champagne. I would like to stress that you should be drinking bubbles year-round; these are some of the best and most pleasurable wines, period. Here are my picks: Under 10 bucks: Veuve de Vernay Brut and [More]

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Der Sekt: The Champagne Killer

In my never-ending quest to find fresh, crisp, non-yeasty/doughy sparklers, I have arrived in an unexpected place and grape. Germany. Riesling. I guess you have to tip your hat to both riesling and chenin blanc; is there anything they can’t do? The Raumland Riesling Brut Sekt is the kind of bubbly that you can drink [More]

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L-P: The Fevre of Champers

Just as I love Fevre Chablis from top to bottom, I feel the same way about Laurent-Perrier’s lineup of Champagne. I dedicated the last month to L-P and I have no regrets. Stylistically, they got what I need: crisp and clean. Here are a few of my favorites: L-P Brut Vintage 1997: Fresh as a [More]

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