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Winebits 262: New Year’s Eve bubbly

Recommendations from around the Internet for sparkling wine for tonight. My suggestions are here.

Same old wines: The AskMen.com website has a thorough look at Champagne history, the differences between the various kinds of bubblies, and even serving suggestions. What it doesn’t have? Many interesting wines. It recommends Veuve Clicquot and Perrier-Jouet, which are usually two of the top five brands in the U.S. You don’t need to know much about Champagne to pick those.

If you don’t want Champagne: NorthJersey.com does an excellent job with cava, cremant and the like, including a New York state bubbly, Brotherhood Winery Blanc de Blancs Brut for $10. These are all (save the Brotherhood) widely available.

And if you don’t like bubbly? Which the Wine Curmudgeon can’t imagine, given how much sparkling wine I drink even when it isn’t New Year’s. But the Today.com website has more beer suggestions than I would have thought possible, complete with beer-speak (“[I]t packs a hearty 10 percent ABV that’s very well hidden within an ambrosia of earthy fruits and dark caramel flavor notes.”) I’m sure they’re all fine beers; I just wish the author hadn’t intimated those of us who like sparkling are less than manly. Should I challenge him to a spitting contest?

New Year’s sparkling wine 2012

New Year's sparkling wine 2012Which means sparkling wine, plus a couple of other ideas — whether for dinner on Dec. 31 or brunch on Jan. 1.

Our Champagne and sparkling wine glossary is here. This is also the place for my annual plea to drink more sparkling wine during the year. Bubbly deserves deserves more than just one post in the Wine Curmudgeon top 100 (90th place in 2012).

More, after the jump:

Winebits 260: Wine preferences, lawsuit, bubbly bill

Red or white? Does your lifestyle determine whether which color wine you prefer? A study that looked at British wine drinkers says that may be the case, though the Wine Curmudgeon has his doubts. It found that red wine drinkers are better educated and drink more frequently than those who have a preference for white or rose, while white wine drinkers are home-lovers who aren’t ambitious for their careers. What the study doesn’t seem to have taken into account is wine price, because white and rose tends to be less expensive than red, which would account for some of the differences.

Get a lawyer: One must admire the gumption of a group of Idaho prison inmates, as reported by Courthouse News. They are suing five liquor producers, including E&J Gallo, because “alcohol contributed to their downfall, and that companies that make beer, wine and booze should be obligated to warn consumers of the dangers of their products,” says the report. The companies, says the suit, knew their product was habit forming, but did nothing to warn the public. The other interesting bit about the story? It has a quote from an unnamed member of Alcoholics Anonymous, who holds AA sessions at the prison. That kind of quote is almost unheard of, given AA’s mania for secrecy.

Too much expensive Champagne: What would we do without the Internet? Otherwise we would not know, as reported by thedrinksbusiness.com, that someone named Dexter Koh spent £105,000 (about US$170,000) on bubbly at a British nightclub. Koh, a self-described bon vivant, tweeted that he celebrated a winning gambling night drinking Champagne that most people not only can’t afford, but haven’t heard of. And yes, there was a model along for the party, as well as a picture of the bill.

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