How to Make 2016 Your Best Wine Year Ever
Wine Resolutions for 2016
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How to Make 2016 Your Best Wine Year Ever

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Jason Creaghan

Wine resolutions for the New Year.

Figure Out Your Champagne Spirit Animal.

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Champagne—in addition to being fizzy, glamorous, and delicious—is a blended wine. That means varying amounts of the grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier go into it each year, and from multiple harvests, too. By varying the recipe, the producers all try to keep a consistent, signature style in their Brut non-vintage (NV) wines—and these make up most of the production of the region. Knowing your preference makes New Year’s Eve bubbly shopping a lot easier. Find your favorite style and stick with it.

Maybe you like a light, citrusy character. Then Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs ($50) is your play. It’s made from 100% Chardonnay. Try this with sushi, it’s a terrific match.

Prefer toasty, rich and decadent? Then it’s Krug Grande Cuvée Brut ($160) all the way. This is a serious food matching wine that asks for a side of roast chicken.

For me, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV ($60) is the right balance of elegance and richness. If you have a chance, and the budget, try some of the vintage Champagnes from this house, which will blow your mind.

I do enjoy the fruity complexity of Taittinger Brut La Francaise NV ($60), too. Brioche, peach, and honey flavors have rarely been so well combined, and it’s gloriously consistent.

I never said deciding on your Champagne spirit animal was easy, but it is a lot of fun. 

Wine Resolutions for 2016

How to Make 2016 Your Best Wine Year Ever

Figure Out Your Champagne Spirit Animal.

Champagne—in addition to being fizzy, glamorous, and delicious—is a blended wine. That means varying amounts of the grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier go into it each year, and from multiple harvests, too. By varying the recipe, the producers all try to keep a consistent, signature style in their Brut non-vintage (NV) wines—and these make up most of the production of the region. Knowing your preference makes New Year’s Eve bubbly shopping a lot easier. Find your favorite style and stick with it.

Maybe you like a light, citrusy character. Then Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs ($50) is your play. It’s made from 100% Chardonnay. Try this with sushi, it’s a terrific match.

Prefer toasty, rich and decadent? Then it’s Krug Grande Cuvée Brut ($160) all the way. This is a serious food matching wine that asks for a side of roast chicken.

For me, Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve NV ($60) is the right balance of elegance and richness. If you have a chance, and the budget, try some of the vintage Champagnes from this house, which will blow your mind.

I do enjoy the fruity complexity of Taittinger Brut La Francaise NV ($60), too. Brioche, peach, and honey flavors have rarely been so well combined, and it’s gloriously consistent.

I never said deciding on your Champagne spirit animal was easy, but it is a lot of fun. 

Jason Creaghan
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