Lifestyle & Parenting

editors’ picks: wine and champagne for new year’s eve

December 27, 2013

10-9-8-7… get read to pop the cork, New Year’s Eve is almost here. Herewith, a few sippers to help you ring in 2014.

TaittingerWalk into a party with a disco ball bottle, and everyone will notice. Taittinger Nocturne Sec Disco (purple bottle) with and Nocturne Sec Rose Disco (the pink bottle of off-dry rose Champagne, pictured) will fit right in with the noisemakers and Happy New Year! top hats. It’s a party in a bottle – just be prepared to share. If you’re local liquor or wine shop doesn’t carry it, do pick up the much-lauded Taittinger Brut Reserve (from $62).

Piper champagneWhere there are bubbles, there’s fun! Piper-Heidsieck’s Rare Brut 2002 (from $245 at select liquor stores) features a stunning label designed by Parisian jewellery maison Arthus-Bertrand, ensuring that it looks as gorgeous as it tastes. —Christine Laroche, Montreal Editor

Jacob's CreekSponsored:

Jacob’s Creek Simply Red is a deliciously juicy and soft red wine with ripe cherry, chocolate and spicy notes with generous fruity sweetness. Simply Red is a fresh and easy to drink wine that pairs perfectly with pizza, barbecued meats or on its own with good friends.

Cava champagneI fell in love with Cava (Spain’s Champagne) over tapas on a summer patio in Barcelona, but the bubbles will be right at home with Boursin and crudités at a soirée on New Year’s Eve. Cordon Negro Brut by Freixenet (the brand of choice for Spaniards) is as light and crisp as its pricier French cousin and has a baked apple aroma – perfect for the holidays. From $14.50 at select liquor and wine stores. – Lise Boullard, Vancouver Contributor

Henry of PelhamCrisp, refreshing and with just a hint of sweetness, Henry of Pelham’s Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut, made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, is one of the best a Canadian winery has to offer. From $29.95, find retailers at —Sara Samson


And for the few extra bottles kicking around…

I’m really trying to embrace the Swedish way of life right now (what’s not to love about everything Swedish?) so for our annual holiday open house I made glögg. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is mulled wine, this is triple strength stuff: (inexpensive) wine, port, and brandy, plus a few spices. Christmas may have passed but this drink is good all winter, and if you’re like me, you make too much, which you can store up to a year in bottles. (Who are we kidding, there’s no way the leftovers will last more than a week.) This is the best recipe I found. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg


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