The night from December 31 to January 1 is hard to imagine without Olivier, tangerines, a bottle of sparkling wine fizzy. Enjoy a glass of champagne on new year under the chiming clock – a tradition that originated who knows when, but uniting millions of people on the planet. The variety of this alcoholic beverage does not pick up a festive menu, refuting the rules of etiquette.
Where went the tradition of drinking champagne on new year’s?
To say exactly when sparkling wine appeared on the tables in the new year, it is impossible. In the USSR the tradition emerged in the 60 years of the twentieth century after the decision of the Government on providing every Soviet family in honor of the holiday, a bottle of “Soviet champagne”.
However, it has been held in high esteem before, just to afford a few could. Two decades (1917-1936) in the Soviet Union celebrated the new year, then returned to the tree and dancing. Before that it was customary to drink champagne only from the nobility, because the drink was considered noble. And as the new year rolled whole balls, then why would the events not to be present and sparkling wine to match the assembled guests. Now champagne is present in every house on the festive table in the most magical night of the calendar.
More precisely, sparkling wine, after all, to call on the name of the French region, should be only varieties produced in champagne.
Choose the drink for the new year
Regular stores, wine boutiques, Department of supermarkets and on the Internet offer to purchase champagne for the different varieties and brands, so choose a bottle of alcohol – not a problem even on 31 December.
But it is not necessary to go into the nearest outlet. New year’s eve is one of 365 days: one should not spoil its poor quality or tasteless alcohol. Recommended champagne for the new year to buy in specialty stores for whom prestige is more important than turnover: a fake and bad quality are excluded.
To Orient the assortment and buy good alcohol for the new year will help the following criteria:
- The cost per bottle. For 150 rubles. find wine (properly so-called alcohol that decorates the holiday table), which is delicious, it is unreal. It is not champagne, but sparkling soda with a degree. Initial cost – from 500 rubles.
- Bottle – dark, opaque, as light is detrimental to wine.
- Brand. Stop choice for buying for the new year is better with wine, whose brand at the hearing. First and foremost is the “Veuve Clicquot”, “Moet & Chandon”. Excellent quality will delight Cremant French, Italian Prosecco, Spumante from different manufacturers. Among the Russian alcoholic products should look to the “Abrau-Dyurso”, “Russian”, “New world”, etc.;
- Tube. Champagne is hiding under cork, not plastic. In the latter case can be distorted taste due to the reaction of plastic with the contents of the bottle.
Note! Landmark: wines sealed with a cork should be stored lying down so that the alcohol moistened her.
- Any sediment in the contents. Color varies, but the drink is crystal clear and transparent.
A purely visual inspection will determine the first signs of good wine. No adhesive residue, located right in the middle of the bottle label – champagne worthy of adorning the feast for the new year.
Further study of the inscription. Stated “sparkling”, “sparkling”, “bubbly” is champagne not appropriate for the new year. Sparkling wine is also not called. The production technology of the alcohol is very different: the drink gave glazirovannogo artificially adding carbon dioxide.
To ensure the quality of the wine and not to spoil the new year, will help the inscription “classic”/Mature/Metodo Classico: this is produced by mixing several varieties of wine with yeast and sugar liqueur (sweet and semi-sweet varieties).
Important! The lack of such label indicates that produced by the reservoir method.
The label must contain:
- batch number;
- expiration date;
- date, place of bottling;
Varieties sparkling wines
The most common classification according to sugar content. This criterion (according to the quantity of g/l) shares in champagne:
- ultra Brut;
Aesthetes recommend for the new year to choose a dry champagne or Brut. These varieties are served as an aperitif. Brilliant champagne in this respect – “the Widow Clicquot”, which even the color of the labels close to the all Golden – orange. Piper-Heidsieck, Moet & Chandon is also good as aperitif.
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Only a bottle of luxury champagne is not cheap, so you can pay attention to the products of other manufacturers, so that the new year was a success, but not hit it too hard on the wallet.
Among Russian producers in the first place it is necessary to highlight this brand. Champagne presented in a wide range, so you can pick up for any time of the feast including an aperitif under the chiming clock, which announced, that the new year has come, under main dishes, or served for dessert. Produced as a classical method, and reservoir. It is worth to highlight in the line Abrau-Durso, “Victor Dravigny” – champagne from selected grapes, which combines the freshness and sweetness.
JSC “Sparkling wine”
“Legacy of the wizard”, “Lev Golitsyn”, “Catherine Necklace”, “Baron de vinique” – production plant with a history of over 100 years (first mentioned in 1874). The manufacturer fits to manufacturer with complete seriousness: carefully selects raw material suppliers, conducts quality control at every stage, paying due attention to the growing conditions of the grapes and other factors. It tells about champagne CJSC “Sparkling wines” as good quality product that will not spoil impressions about new year’s eve.
Champagne of Ukraine from one of Europe’s largest producers of sparkling wine bottle method. In addition to the “Artyomovsk” factory “Artemovsk winery” produced a drink called “Crimea”. In the brand’s line-up of different varieties, white and pink, so buy for the new year will not be a problem, if you want to try this kind. Given that champagne “Artemovskoye” vies with French alcohol, has many awards and had to taste not only in the countries of the former USSR, but also in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and other European countries, the answer is obvious.
Delasy and Bosca Anniversary
Affordable option for the price, but with champagne and even sparkling wine has little to do is the cheaper grades of Bosca Anniversary. On the label it is written – the wine fizzy drink. The same bottle has bubbles – similar features. But the differences are much more so for stuff’s sake, but not for taste. In stores you can find a drink Lithuanian, Russian or Italian production. And to taste like champagne, you need to choose products of the premium segment Bosca – “Verdi spumante”, “double Anniversary”, “Classic”, “Moscato”.
Champagne “Delasy” stands out for the original shape of the bottle, so for the new year you can buy to decorate the table. Pleasant taste, beautiful color and the quality is not the worst, but the top product group Alvisa does not hold.
Sparkling wine production company “Vilash” on the market are in the range from Brut to sweet, so it is perfect to buy for the new year. Some brands are marked as “Product with the quality mark” (for example, Marleson). This suggests that the taste of champagne from St. Petersburg to delight. Customer reviews say that the sparkling wine does not feel yeast and other impurities, note the comparability of price and quality.
Moscow factory of sparkling wines JSC “cornet” is a sparkling wine with a female name “Hope”. In 2010, the drink was voted Product of the year in Russia in the popular segment. This means that he fell in love buyers like the taste and price. Like the female half of the new year feast with gentle taste and pleasant aroma.
Out of competition among the wide range of beverages from the European country of the famous “Veuve Clicquot”, “Moet and Chandon”, “Dom Perignon”. These champagne brands will make any new year even more magical and colourful, because it can be attributed to the luxuries. In this category “Prince champagne” from “Tattinger”.
But not only them famous in France. Decorate a holiday sparkling wine with the inscription on the label “Cremant”. France’s champagne production is controlled at the state level, because the quality of alcoholic beverages will be on top. Produced in different regions of the country, therefore, the label name is supplemented with the place of origin.
Sparkling wine in other countries
Italy follows France in terms of production. The quality is also. Asti Martini Asti Mondoro, “Cinzano” Prosecco, Lambrusco to find on the eve of the new year is not a problem. The list of sparkling wines from the Apennine Peninsula is wide enough – this is just a small list, those are on the ear. Taste great long plays in the language, bringing a true pleasure.
Line of Moldovan sparkling wines “Cricova” for the new year is to choose varieties more expensive, for example, “Wine Cricova de Lux”. Cheaper options – a drink from a powder and wine. No taste will not feel, and a heavy hangover – it probably is.
Spanish Cava is also a good option for the new year. You can also look to sparkling wines from Chile, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.
Where to buy?
To take care of the alcohol part of meal cost in advance, if you do not want to choose from what is available in the shop. Suddenly there will be only “Soviet champagne”, and so I wanted to pamper yourself with Martini Asti. Best place to buy wine boutiques specialized online and offline stores.
What specifically to buy champagne for the new 2019, to decide in any case have based on the financial situation and taste preferences, as well as the time left before the holiday. If it still allows for a sparkling go in proven locations, even if they are relatively far from places of permanent deployment.
Decoration of bottles and gift sets with champagne
Alcohol as a present for the holiday is a good option. On new year you can give a fruit basket with champagne along with an appetizer so to speak.
Note! Oranges and other citrus fruits from the present it is better to avoid: sparkling wine etiquette don’t mix.
Another version of the package or case. The wine in this frame will not only be a drink for the feast, but also to decorate the table. Not necessarily to buy case for champagne, you can make with your own hands from materials with symbols of the new year. Box is more suitable if the alcohol is intended as a gift. Output: purchase of sparkling, original bottle (Asti Mondoro).
“Clothes” will increase the value of champagne purchased for the new year. Less expensive would be to buy a normal bottle and decoration himself. The easiest way is to add on the champagne labels with the inscription “happy new year” or piggy – symbol of the coming of 2019.
To enhance the taste of sparkling wine to feel all the aroma will help correct flow:
- To use glasses of a certain shape. Fit glasses low and wide or elongated and narrow. Necessarily made of transparent glass, without decoration.
- Drink before bottling is to be cooled to a temperature of 6-8 degrees, and then close the stopper (special or any suitable) and put it in a bucket of water and ice.
- In a glass of wine to pour in a slow thin stream along the wall. Filling 2/3, allow to settle. Foam opal added.
- Need to drink champagne in small SIPS, enjoying the taste. Before your first SIP, be sure to inhale the aroma.
- When the bottle is opened, it is impossible to shake. Louder than cotton – not about quality champagne. It opens quietly and gently, with a barely noticeable smoke from the bottle.
Important what is served champagne for the new year. Snacks, dishes of poultry, and lean meats, salads without mayonnaise and sauces based on vinegar, cheeses and fruit (but not all) is perfect for wine. The main rule: nothing is very spicy and very sweet.
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Gift baskets with champagne for the new year — great show. Alcohol is to choose a good, not to spoil the impression of the gift as a whole. If in a kind of bouquet, the alcohol produced in the champagne region, you should choose the reviews what champagne has better taste and him to form a show.
A positive evaluation of French and Italian sparkling wine, Russian brands “Abrau-Durso”, “Lev Golitsyn”, “New world” and others. Choose and go to meet the new 2019! Happy new year!