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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!
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