Champagne isn’t just for New Year’s Eve

This piece is presented by JJ’s Wine, Spirits & Cigars.

One toast per year is never enough.

While most think of champagne as a celebratory beverage, especially during the holiday season, champagne and other sparkling wines can be enjoyed in many ways throughout the year.

“Champagne has one of the more acidic structures of all the wine categories, so the food-pairing possibilities are endless, from red meat to fish,” said Tom Slattery, JJ’s owner and a Certified Specialist of Wine. “We encourage people to drink it all year because it’s delicious and versatile.”

Here are four bottles to try regardless of the season!

GH Mumm Brut Champagne, France

Champagne can be called champagne only if it comes from Champagne, France, and this is the real deal at a deal of a price: on sale for $42.99.

“It’s got all the qualities you expect out of a bottle of Dom Perignon for about one-third of the cost,” Slattery said.

Argyle Brut Champagne Vintage 2013, Oregon

From Oregon wine country, “this is one of my favorite sparkling wines,” Slattery said. “They grow really good Pinot Noir fruit in Oregon, and Pinot Noir is one of the primary components in sparkling wine and champagne, so I like it because it starts out with solid fruit.”

This bottle is on sale for $21.99 at JJ’s.

Mumm Napa Brut, California

Quality sparkling wine also is produced in California, in and around Sonoma County and the Russian River Valley.

“This bottle is from the same family that makes GH Mumm in France and uses mostly Sonoma County Pinot Noir, which lends to a very ‘fat’ style of sparkling wine,” Slattery said. “Mouth-filling, crisp acidity, tight bubbles.”

This bottle is on sale for $18.99

Mionetto Prosecco, Italy

Italy is the fastest-growing sparkling wine-producing region as the Prosecco and Moscato d’Asti market continues to grow, Slattery said.

“Prosecco is the style of sparkling wine made in Italy most likened with traditional dry styles and has the best bang for the buck for a complex sparking wine,” he said. “Most Proseccos range from $10 to $20 per bottle and are great for everyday drink. We also like Prosecco because of the ability to create some really interesting champagne cocktail beverages.”

This Mionetto Prosecco is on sale for $12.99.

Want a hint of what’s to come for JJ’s in 2018? Here’s a look at the progress being made on its new location!

JJ’s under construction on West 57th Street across from Vance Thompson Vision.

 

Champagne isn’t just for New Year’s Eve

While most think of champagne as a celebratory beverage, especially during the holiday season, champagne and other sparkling wines can be enjoyed in many ways throughout the year.

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