New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and friends around the world are finalizing their plans for the end of 2009. Seems like only yesterday we were all freaking out about Y2K and suddenly it’s the next decade. Scary.
As you may know, most folks don’t actually drink champagne in the traditional sense on New Year’s – they’re usually drinking sparkling wine. Here’s a good FAQ that explains the difference.
I’m by no means a champagne snob, but I do find that most people are woefully confused when it comes time to pick out an appropriate bubbly for a party. Champagne (or sparkling wine) is one of my favorite housewarming gifts and something I’ll drink all year long, but I especially look forward to enjoying it on New Year’s.
Without further ado, here’s a quick guide to all my favorite sparkling wines, in a range of prices. Because it’s not always champagne wishes and caviar dreams. Sometimes it’s just delicious sparkling wine for $20 a bottle.
The Real Deal: French Champagne
Over the Boarder: Italian Sparkling Wine
Cava de Espana
In Spain, they all drink Cristalino like it’s going out of style, which makes sense since it’s only about 3 euro there. You can find this cava in America for less than $10, which makes it ideal for a big champagne toast with all your friends. People are always shocked when I tell them how inexpensive this bubbly is, because it sure doesn’t taste like it. Mix it with orange juice, Cointreau, and a little agave nectar to make Agua de Valencia.
I was smiling from ear to ear yesterday when I received this award from Gena. The idea is to name seven random things about yourself and pass it on to seven other worthy bloggers. It means so much especially to receive it from Gena, since her blog was part of my impetus to start this one. Sadly, this is probably the most un-Gena like post of all time, so sorry for that unfortunate coincidence. Thanks again, Gena 🙂 Obviously, I will be needing your cleanse after this New Year’s.
2. Up until last Christmas, I couldn’t swim. I mean, I could tread water and save my life, but I couldn’t get the breathing down for laps. G gave me lessons as a gift and now I practice whenever I get the chance.
3. I’ve been a blonde, brunette, and a redhead. People without question treat you differently and there is some truth to the saying, “blondes have more fun.”
4. I H-A-T-E cleaning my apartment. But I love inviting people over. Sometimes I’m so embarrassed about the state of my apt I make the people I invited over wait in the hallway while I run in and throw everything in my bedroom. True story.
5. Top 5 favorite foods (no order): Lentils, Avocados, Cucumbers, Corn Tortillas, and French fries (any kind, any way, any day)
6. Foods I would like to banish off the face of the earth: Rye bread, Beans, Peas
7. Favorite holiday movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Who am I kidding, fav movie of all time. I don’t own it, though, since I originally bought it on VHS. Makes me feel old.
And the pumpkin king picks these 7 ladies to receive the Let Them Eat Lentils beautiful blogger award:
7. My mom!!
RIP Brittany Murphy. Check out Amber’s beautiful post here.