New Year’s Eve is a big night for all people near and far. The most popular drink for this type of celebration usually calls for none other than bubbly wine, a term that refers to European wines like Prosecco, Champagne and Cava, as well as American and all other types of sparkling wines. Two great types of sparkling wines that I love are Kraemer Brut and Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru from Champagne, France.
Kramaer Brut is made of 100% Chardonnay grapes and is an ideal celebration wine in any situation. This wine, from Landiras, France, is made “method champenoise,” which means it’s made like a traditional style of a wine from the renowned area of Champagne. It has a very creamy flavor with fine bubbles and a touch of apple and apricot. The Kramaer Brut is ideal for everyday sipping, celebrations with large groups and is also amazing when mixed with orange juice for mimosas, the best New Year’s morning drink! Being that this bubbly wine is made with only chardonnay grapes, it can also be called a “Blanc de Blancs” or a “white of whites,” meaning all white wine grapes.
Louis de Sacy Brut Grand Cru is a wine of excellence. This kosher wine is made up of 60% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 35% Chardonnay. The term “Grand Cru” refers to the second highest classification of grape growing territories in Champagne. There are 319 territories in the Champagne region of France that grow grapes for making wine. All of these territories are rated based on the quality of grapes grown traditionally. Out of these 319 territories, 17 are considered to be of the second highest quality. This wine is full of scents of spice and citrus which, along with a toasty almond/fruity flavor, make this wine a pleasurable experience. Enjoy this wine for special occasions and romantic celebrations, paired beautifully with popcorn as well as rich cheeses. Louis de Sacy is a family owned and operated winery where Alain Sacy, head of the winery, works with his son, Jonathan, and both take part in making, selling and representing the winery.
For this year’s New Year’s celebration, pop the cork on a fine bubbly wine and have a great time appreciating the pleasures of bubbly wine as part of drinking responsibly. Happy New Year!