What to drink to ring in the New Year is always a fraught question here. We tend to bandy about ideas for holiday meals and what to drink with them for weeks beforehand – it’s our version of water cooler gossip. Here’s what we drank on the last night of 2013:
Randy brought plenty of Finca Valldosera’s Brut to a party, and reports that both he and his fellow partygoers thoroughly enjoyed it, though no one ended up with a lampshade on his or her head. Whew! In all seriousness, this high-quality sparkler from Spain is the perfect thing to pick up when you want something that drinks like Champagne – dry and crisp with a touch of yeastiness – but don’t quite have the budget for it.
When asked what he and Meg drank on New Years, Doug shrugged and said, “Coessens,” as though there could be no other answer. It’s our current favorite grower Champagne, a brooding blanc de noirs from a small producer in Aube. It’s a great choice for an evening of noshing, because its acidity, complexity, and deeper flavors make it a great match for almost anything you might throw at it.
In a momentary fit of culinary ambition, Diane built a meal around the stunning Domaine LeFlaive 2009 Bourgogne. There’s nothing ‘little’ about the entry-level wine from this famous estate, and its racy acidity and judicious use of oak were a perfect match for pureed cauliflower with seared scallops, shrimp and beurre blanc. Hey, you’ve been eating like crazy for a month, why not go out with a bang?
So, what did you drink to start off 2014?