Today’s post contains my Holiday Champagne Guide that tells you everything you need to know if you want to serve your guests champagne. Not only will you learn all about the delicious bubbly, I’ll give you lots of New Year’s Eve party ideas too.
Why not greet your guests with Truffled Popcorn and Champagne? You’ll be the gal in your crowd that always has the most fabulous ideas up her sleeve. What a gracious hostess you’ll be!
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Champagne season is here! At this time of year the battle cry can be heard, “break out the bubbly”, and I’m inclined to agree!
What kind of New Year’s Eve party ideas would neglect the sacred NYE ritual that is Champagne?
Most Champagne is the less expensive “nonvintage” kind that blends vintages to achieve a consistent taste and style for their brand. They want you to know what to expect when you pop the cork. Brands like Moët, Ruinart, Taittinger, Bollinger all use this method in bottling their Champagnes.
If you’re a connoisseur of fine vintage Champagnes, you know that the grapes must come from a single harvest. Only a small quantity are bottled and usually only in a vineyard’s top years.
As a result, the wines have a more distinctive personality, with deeper and fuller flavors. And with a steeper price.
Depending on your tastes and pocketbook, there are so many great Champagne to choose from in any price-point. Ask your wine shop to help you select one that suits your needs and tastes.
A sparkling wine by any other name isn’t actually as sweet – it’s sweeter! I’m talking about Prosecco, the darling of the sparkling wine world. It’s not only a tinge sweeter, it’s also lighter. The lightness extends to the price too, as Prosecco tends to be less expensive than most drinkable Champagnes.
So what is the actual difference between these two very similar pours? It’s all about the type of grape and region the wine is made from. The names say it all…
Here lies the reason for the prices difference between the two wines. Champagne’s fermentation is both a long and expensive process. Hence the heftier price tags. Personally, I like them both!
Aldi has quickly become a go-to place for anyone looking for unconventional boozy drinks.
This year’s sure-to-be “hit” is a fabulous Cocosecco, that’s a chocolate prosecco that blends a sweet and rich taste with the bubbly drink people love.
ChocoSecco is appropriately named by combining the two flavors, chocolate and prosecco, together. Prosecco by itself is a sparkling wine often used for special occasions and fancy cocktails. With the added chocolate taste, it’s given a whole new life.
Chocolate and prosecco pair well together normally, so there’s no question the drink will be a refreshingly new take on the pairing.
This isn’t the first year ChocoSecco is being offered at Aldi, but because of the recent popularity of the alcohol selection at the grocery store, it will probably be a big hit this year. It’ll hit shelves on November 25 for $6.99.
I’m kicking off my New Year’s Eve Party Ideas today with something really cool. These decorative Champagne bottle wrappers are the perfect way to “up your hostess game”.
Decorated champagne bottles, ready to pour, look fabulous sitting on your Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart!
I’ve created four different designs to choose from, or download and print out all four!
USE GLOSSY WHITE CARD STOCK TO PRINT YOUR CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE WRAPPERS FOR BEST RESULTS. I’ll tell you a little later how to get your own copies!
Sorry to burst your romantic bubble folks, but the pairing of Champagne and chocolate is a bad idea. As any good Holiday Champagne Guide will tell you, chocolate is too sweet and highlights the wine’s acidity. That’s a no-no, as it makes the Champagne taste bitter.
Now, what does go with Champagne just might surprise you.
Now you know what kinds of foods pair well with a glass of bubbly. And truffles and salty foods are right at the top of that list. So, when I greet my guests at the door, they will be offered a glass of Champagne and a harlequin cone of TRUFFLED POPCORN.
Truffled Popcorn and Champagne are the perfect combo for New Year’s Eve. No, I didn’t spend a few hundred dollars for a fresh black truffle. I simply purchased a very good bottle of black truffle oil ($30) and mixed a little with imported French unsalted butter.
The deep earthy flavor profile of the truffle oil is the perfect underpinning for Asiago and Parmesan shavings. Throw in some fresh chopped herbs, kosher salt and a few grinds of pepper, and voila! You’ve got the perfect way to kick off your guests’ New Year’s Eve.
If you’ll be drinking and serving Champagne during the holiday season – BUY A CASE OR TWO!
The demand for Champagne skyrockets during the holidays, but you’ll find that the prices will actually go down. I know that the usual supply and demand model states that when demand is high, prices go up. Think red roses on Valentine’s Day.
But a study from the University of Chicago explains that seasonal Champagne buyers are price-conscious. Because the competition is stiff, many retailers lower their “by the case” prices to reel in new holiday customers.
Let’s face it, how many of your friends stop at one glass of bubbly? Buy the case, you’ll use it up on Valentine’s Day, right?
The internet had a lot of suggestions. Pouring a bottle of wine into a plastic zip-lock bag and popping it in the freezer. Or, wrapping cloth before chilling, or plopping it in a fancy ice bucket.
Here’s how you do it correctly:
If you choose to have a toast in the moments preceding midnight, you’ll need to be prepared. Making sure you have everything ready for your toast by 11:00 pm ensures that you’ll be able to keep enjoying your party.
These quirky New Year’s eve traditions in Mexico are just what a “wanderluster” aspires to in any given year!
Tradition says that walking your empty suitcase around the block will guarantee a year filled with travel and new experiences.
Locals will also toss a glass of water out of their window to signify fewer tears in the future.
A year of fabulous travel, adventure and no tears – Mexico seems to know something we don’t!
What are you waiting for? Get out your suitcase, and put it by the door so you’ll be ready to head out after midnight!
The world awaits you!
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