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Why Limit Yourself To Just One Midnight?

Dec 26, 2011
Why Limit Yourself To Just One Midnight?
Celebrate New Year’s Eve nationwide

newyearstoast.We already let you know about Around the World in 80 Sparkling Sips as an entertaining theme this holiday season….which we highly recommend for any holiday gathering.

But why limit yourself to one toast at midnight this New Year’s Eve? Instead, why not toast on the hour, every hour, until it’s your turn to toast the ball dropping in Times Square? We suggest a different sparkling wine for every hour--one from the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast of the United States!

If you too like this idea, the Daily Sip recommends three American sparkling wines for your continental New Year’s Eve celebration. And FYI, Bottlenotes CEO Alyssa Rapp discusses this exact idea on Rachael Ray TODAY!! (Air date: December 26, 2011; find local listings here.)


Onabay non-vintage Blanc de Blancs
(North Fork, Long Island, New York) $19.99. Find it here.

Great wines don’t just come in the form of riesling from the Finger Lakes region of New York. The North Fork of Long Island is producing some terrific sparkling wines these days, particularly those by Onabay Vineyards. Their Blanc de Blancs (meaning it’s 100% chardonnay) offers notes of apple and pear, making it crisp and refreshing.


L. Mawby non-vintage "Jadore"
(Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan) $20. Find it here.

Larry Mawby has been a pioneer of sparkling wine from the Midwest, welcoming visitors to the Leelanau Peninsula to taste sparkling wine made in the traditional “Champenoise” method since inception. His “Jadore” is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris and vignoles, fermented in stainless steel. Its high level of acidity helps avoid any cloying sweetness-- and makes it one from the Midwest that we adore.


Gloria Ferrer Brut non-vintage
(Sonoma County, California) $13.95. Find it here.

A super approachable sparkling wine, with ripe apple, pear and honeydew flavors, a touch of yeastiness, and aromas of croissants or brioche. Great value.

Have other great ideas for your New Year’s Eve celebration? Share them below.

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