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STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — What’s the best bubbly to pop on New Year’s Eve?
Christian Navarro of Wally’s Wine & Spirits stopped by KCAL9 Friday to show viewers how to pick the best champagne at every price point!
Chandon Brut Classic ($22):
Classic balance typifies this refreshingly soft, yet dry wine
The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus spice over notes of almond and caramel in the bouquet
When you taste Brut Classic, look for nutty flavors with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish
Moët Impérial ($40):
Moët Impérial is the House’s iconic champagne
It has been deemed the “World’s Most Loved Champagne” and embodies Moët & Chandon’s unique style, a style distinguished by its bright fruitiness, its seductive palate and its elegant maturity
Vueve Clicquot Yellow Label ($45):
Veuve Clicquot is known for being a stylish and chic champagne within the category and was the first champagne house to create rosé champagne
The strength of this golden-yellow wine is immediately pleasing to the nose while its complexity explodes on the palate
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs ($65):
Ruinart was the very first champagne house established in 1729 devoted to “wine with bubbles.”
Ruinart Blanc de Blancs embodies purity of the Chardonnay grapes and is intensely aromatic
The nose is powerfully reminiscent of fresh fruits with dominant notes of citrus and exotic fruits, followed by a touch of jasmine, white peaches and pink peppercorns
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 ($159.95):
One of the most luxurious and respected champagnes, the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 spirals through notes of candied fruit, plants, the incredible freshness of camphor leaf and finally the dark hunts of spices and licorice root
Krug Grande Cuvée ($179):
Krug was the first luxury champagne house known for creating champagne marked by elegance and ultimate pleasure
Joseph Krug, the founder and visionary of Krug decided to take traditional champagne blending beyond the bounds of what was customary in the 19th century
Krug Grande Cuvée brings a fullness of aromas and flavors that can only be achieved by blending many vintages and was the first prestige cuvée to be recreated every year ($179).
Navarro also provided helpful hints.
Champagne 101 Tips:
- Always make sure your bottle has been chilled before opening and serving
- Champagne should be served at around 45°
- To ensure that the champagne reaches this temperature, fill a chill bucket with 3/4 ice and 1/4 water. After approximately 20 minutes, the champagne should reach optimal serving temperature.
How to open and pour
- Once the champagne is at ideal tasting temperature, hold the bottle with a towel and remove the foil
- After a few turns to loosen the wire cage, take hold of the cork and gently turn the bottle until you hear a “pop.”
- Pour slowly so that champagne does not overflow in the glass.
- Pour champagne in glasses made of real glass or crystal instead of plastic or ceramic
- Glass champagne flutes are an elegant display to keep delicate champagne bubbles floating upwards, and allow the fragrance and taste to be contained.
- The most important tip for a toast is to make sure you have enough champagne to serve your entire party
- A standard champagne flute typically holds up to 5 ounces of champagne, while an entire bottle contains around 25 ounces
- When toasting, make sure to look each guest in the eye while clinking glasses.