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Holiday Champagne/Sparkling Wine Scene -- 2009

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Holiday Champagne/Sparkling Wine Scene -- 2009

shaogo | Nov 10, 2009 10:13 AM

I'm starting to peep around for what I'll serve at our restaurant for the New Year's Eve festivities. At this time, I also buy Champagne for Thanksgiving, and for our "Inner Circle" New Year's Eve party -- a group of foodies and friends who eat and drink lavishly for the New Year's Eve holiday.

Perhaps I just didn't notice them in years past -- when searching wholesalers' listings on the computer, I came up with a number of sparkling *red* wines -- a malbec, a few different pinot noirs and a shiraz. Are these best-avoided novelties or do any of them have any redeeming qualities?

I'd like to spend less than $20 a bottle wholesale for New Year's champagne, if that's possible. The crowd for that wine is just into having bubbly, they're not fussy.

For T-Day and the Inner Circle, I plead with you, Chowhounds, to provide me with the names of some superb sparkling wine on both the very dry and also off-dry sides, as we're going to match these with a pretty wide spectrum of food flavors. What's new and interesting? I don't get Wine Spectator magazine any more so I'm kinda out of the loop.

Let's get the corks a-poppin!

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