…Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?
Assuming you don’t read these words when they are sitting at the bottom of you parakeet cage, you are likely gearing up right now for New Year’s revelry in some form or fashion. And whether it’s a quiet dinner with good friends or a chilly night out to watch the Peach Drop in downtown Atlanta at midnight, bubbly wine will almost certainly cross your lips today or tomorrow.
The big bubbly wine news this year is that for the first time in a very long time, wines from Champagne have seen—Mon Dieu!— a sales dip. Reacting to The Great Recession, wine drinkers have sought a replacement for the iconic sparkling wines of this northern French viticultural region. I could spend the next 700 or so words explaining why there is only one Champagne; the reasons why it is more expensive; and that while there are other sparkling wines, there are no true replacements for capital “C” Champagne. I’ll save that rant for another day, however, and talk about one of