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Paula's Picks

Streamers, poppers, hats, fireworks, and horns will be blaring loudly this weekend ringing in the New Year all around the world. Normally we ring in the New Year with friends but this year I think a nice quiet evening at home with the family will be perfect. Sparkling wine is the customary beverage for this celebration- which is going to be a challenge for me because we don't drink a lot of bubbly. There are a few choices that come to mind: Chandon, California's sparkling wine in the traditional method of making Champagne; Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, a true French Champagne; and Jaume Serra's Cristalino, a Spanish Cava also made in the traditonal method. 

Searching for the best sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can be challenging; some share the bottle with friends and others only pour a small amount in everyone's glass for a toast at midnight. So depending on it's purpose, I recommend choosing wisely because some Champagnes and Sparklings can be quite expensive.

Chandon is a good choice for a small group of friends, however, for large gatherings, I recommend Cristalino for a toast at the stroke of midnight. ​Moet & Chandon is perfect to share with those who appreciate a nice glass of tasty exotic bubbles of a true Champagne. At $45.99, Moet & Chandon is meant to be enjoyed, not wasted. I don't think bringing out the sabre to open the bottle to entertain guests is a good idea. 

Remember to be careful when popping the cork, as there is a lot of pressure behind it and you do not want to begin 2018 holding a bag of frozen peas to your or a friend's eye.

Happy New Year!