We pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly at the start of every month of every year as part of our Sparkling Resolution. And while it always puts us in a festive mood, we have to admit that selecting a wine for New Year’s Eve does have an extra special feel (and often cost) to it.
But, we’re always confident that getting ready for the Big First is worth the price of admission. And, besides, the search is a fun part of the lead-up to such a momentous celebration.
Penny Tells How She Found Our Selection
A great discussion of Champagne followed and I was so pleased to be able to give back to the person who had found so much great food for us over the years. As often happens, when you give something out into the world, something good comes back to you. In this case, it was the recommendation of Federal Wine & Spirits as a source of great Champagne.
We’ve used and recommended this shop as a place to buy spirits for years but had not ventured downstairs to the wine section. Since I happened to be downtown running errands, I did just that and found another generous wine mentor, Len Rothenberg, to add to our continuing education on the topic.
He asked great questions. What type of Champagne do we enjoy? What are some of the grower Champagnes we've had? Price range?
He then consulted his computer inventory and came up with a short list of three grower Champagnes he had in stock. Next, he walked me through the choices to come up with Champagne Mouzon Leroux et Fils L'ineffable as the one he felt was ready to drink now and fit the taste profile I’d given him.
Finally, he gave me his card and asked if I would give him feedback on his choice. I call that getting to know the customer!
It was a great experience and I will be visiting more often to buy wines there.
We’ll update you on our bottle of Champagne L'ineffable after we’ve toasted 2016 with it!
Here’s more about Our Sparkling Resolution
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2015 Ed Cherubino