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Sparkling Wines for the New Year

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Happy Holidays everyone! We’ve just added a series of posts describing the sparkling wines available at our shop. We’ve included many reviews by Burghound (Allen Meadows), The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) and International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer). We’ve organized our available bubbles by country beginning with France and, in particular, with Champagne (all the way at the bottom of this post series). Our collection is heavy on Grower-Champagnes, i.e., those producers who actually grow their own grapes and produce wine from them. One exception in Bollinger, who alone among the large houses owns 70% of the vineyards from which their grapes come.

Take it from the late Lily Bollinger’s reponse to the query of when she drank Champagne….

I drink it when I am happy and when I’m sad.
Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone.
When I have company, I consider it obligatory.
I trifle with it if I am not hungry and I drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it, unless I’m thirsty.