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New Years Eve Champagne Suggestions


Posted: December 31, 2006
by: Susan Anderson

There are some guidelines to follow when serving champagne.  It should be chilled to around 50 degrees in the refrigerator (never the freezer) or just before serving, in a bucket of ice water. When opening the bottle, keep the cork pointed away from people or objects: place your thumb firmly on top of the cork, with your other hand, unscrew the wire and loosen the cage. Holding the cork firmly, twist the cork in one direction and the bottle in the other direction. Slowly ease the cork out, so that it makes a slight hissing sound. Hold the bottle around the base and pour. Fill each glass with about 2 inches of Champagne. Then go back and top them all up.

If only the best will do, my Champagne pick is Krug Grand Cuvee. A glorious expression of champagne, Krug is a rich, intense, dry Champagne with complex flavors of biscuit, baked apple, ginger, spice, honey and dried citrus….very dramatic with a creamy elegant texture from the start to the endless finish. Krug_1

Established in 1843, Krug specializes in producing prestige and exceptional Champagnes. Krug's Champagne house still ferments all of its wines in small oak casks - necessary for developing Krug's intense bouquet and complex flavor. Since there is no precise formula, the memory of the original taste has been passed on, intact, from generation to generation in the Krug family. Today, both 5th and 6th generations supervise directly every phase of production, tasting and blending at Krug.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Susan Anderson


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