Daniel Drolet of Ottawa Citizen Style Magazine called looking for some New Year’s Eve party idea inspiration. He enlisted us as one of his four experts (including a designer, partner planner and chef) to pull together a how-to guide for hosting a swish new year’s eve soirée.
Checkout our list of sparkling wines to try as an all bubbles dinner (thank you Lucie for such great drinks picks and recipe links!).
Stacey hosted a video walk through of how to sabre a bottle of sparkling wine right from our backyard in the video below.
“If there’s ever an occasion to party, it’s New Year’s Eve.
But in the rush to buy, wrap and exchange Christmas gifts, visit with family and digest turkey (and turkey leftovers), there’s not often time to plan the perfect New Year’s party. You know, the one with the fantastic food, delicious drinks, and smartly dressed guests exchanging witty repartee in a stylishly decorated home.
So we asked for some help. Here, in four easy steps, are ideas for hosting a great New Year’s party. Think of it as your smart and savvy guide on how to stylishly drink, dress, design and dine your way into 2012.”
Skillogale Sparkling Riesling NV, Clare Valley, Australia
Vintages 72868 $20
Charming to both the experienced wine connoisseur and the humble bubbly wine lover. It’s a medium-dry sparkling Riesling. A great value enjoyed on its own as with succulent seafood dishes. This is a traditional-method sparkling wine from a well-acclaimed Australian producer. Crisp, smooth and expressive, with recognizable Clare Valley character. Just the right amount of sweetness to make it an ideal aperitif wine or a great match for fresh oysters to kick off a special evening. Try with Fresh Shucked Kumamoto Oysters with Ponzu Sauce (Japanese soy & yuzu lemon sauce). Checkout the Ponzu Sauce recipe here.
Peller Estates Ice Cuvée Rosé, Ontario.
Vintages 113035 $35.20
A well-made sparkling wine that’s finished with a drop of Cabernet Franc ice wine to give it a reddish hue and a pleasant red fruit character. It’s light-bodied and refreshing, with a great sense of the Niagara terroir and a well-balanced peach nectar on the finish. Ideal for richer dishes such as chicken or duck liver pâté with a spiced winter fruit compote.
Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, France
LCBO 155341 $64.95
This dry, elegant Champagne delivers consistent quality year after year, yet always falls under the radar. On the nose, one finds intense toasted almonds, brioche, pears and candied citrus fruit, which linger through to the finish. Try with Lobster Thermidor.
Blue Mountain Brut, B.C.
Vintages 206326 $32.95
A medium-weight sparkling wine blended from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris from one of B.C.’s leading sparkling wine producers. Offers an array of waxy, leesy aromas and flavours that differentiate it from Champagne and are best enjoyed with food. Spendsa relatively long 24 months in the bottle, like decent Champagne. A lovely way to end a meal with an assortment of cheeses.
Katnook Founder’s Block Sparkling Shiraz 2008, Australia
Vintages 53330 $24.95
Opaque ruby in the glass; simply laden with full fruit aromas such as plum, cherry and delicious blackberry, with a hint of minty goodness that delivers just that extra touch of something special to end a holiday meal. Its creamy mousse ripe berry fruit taste makes it a winning combination with a chocolate-based dessert with red fruit condiment.
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