Do you know how to pick the perfect bottle of bubbly for your New Years Eve celebration? Kim Leonard of Stew Leonards Wines, has some sparkling words of wisdom for the would-be reveler.
It all depends on what youre looking for, says Kim. Champagnes, Proseccos, Cavas and sparkling wines can vary widely in price, so it depends on how youll be drinking it.
For instance, if youre making champagne cocktails like a Kir Royale, what should you use?
I always tell people, dont spend if you blend, says Kim. So, if youre mixing your bubbles with anything, you can get away with a very inexpensive bottle of Prosecco or sparkling wine. For $15.00, you can find a great bottle to blend. The same holds true for mimosas at your New Years Day brunch.
But what if youre in the market for the real deal?
Champagne can only be called champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France, explains Kim. But even within that limited scope, youll still find price and taste variations. I mean, take Veuve Cliquot. Thats a blend with huge name recognition and it usually sells at a moderate price point. But one of my favorites is the Billecart Salmon. Its absolutely delicious. And its usually moderately priced as well.
Whatever your celebration calls for, Kim Leonard can help you find the perfect bottle of bubbles.
Dry, fruity, sweet, yeastywe have something for everyone, says Kim. And I never want anyone to feel intimidated. Just ask. Were happy to help.
Find Kim Leonard and the knowledgeable staff at Stew Leonards Wines at 55 Westport Avenue, in Norwalk.
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