Champagnes Sparkle on New Years
“It’s a festive style. I think when you think champagne you think New Years Eve celebrations, anniversaries, weddings…it just fits the mood,” said Mike Brunelle of Table and Vine.
More champagne will be consumed on New Year’s Eve than any other day of the year. At Table and Vine in West Springfield, rows of the bubbly are posed to be chilled and swilled. For most of us, champagne isn’t a lifestyle but a one night love affair.
“The person who just drinks bubbles one time for New Year’s Eve and that might be a little inexpensive Moscato. Barefoot is a great brand,” said Brunelle.
Brunelle said for $8.00 a bottle, Barefoot bubbly Moscato is one of their top sellers. And contrary to popular belief, champagne isn’t just for after dinner celebrations.
“It’s a tremendous match for shellfish, oysters. We do that a lot at our house, we will get a bottle of champagne and oysters. It’s great for seafood and sushi, anything with it with a little heat to it in terms of food goes great with sparkling wine,” said Brunelle.
The variety and price ranges of champagne are numerous. A good quality basic bottle all the up to the high-end French champagnes that can set you back over $100 a bottle.
“I would think the novice champagne drinker would know the difference between a $10 bottle and a $100 bottle. It’s pretty interesting. A lot of people think they don’t like champagne until they drink champagne and there is a whole different level when you’re talking about a fairly inexpensive domestic sparkler and true French champagne,” said Brunelle.
So get the bubbly chilled, we are about to pop the cork on a brand new year.