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Old 12-28-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Default New Year's Champagne/Wine advice

If this has been asked, I am sorry. I have a special date for New Year's Eve. A girl I've been seeing and I are going to eat a nice dinner, watch some fire works and go to a nice spot. We have decided to save our first kiss till the clock strikes Midnight. What Champagne would you recommend? Or, would you go with one of the Sparkling Wines? I know...I know.. I'm a mushy sumbeotch. Just want to have a nice drink for the occasion as I am ignorant in what might taste good.

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Old 12-28-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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1: What Champagnes have you had that you did like?
2: Are you sure you like Champagne if you haven't had it?
3: How much you want to spend?
4: How long have you been seeing her?
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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1: What Champagnes have you had that you did like?
2: Are you sure you like Champagne if you haven't had it?
3: How much you want to spend?
4: How long have you been seeing her?


1. Haven't had that many. I did have Bollinger and Perrier Jouet as gifts. Liked both. No way I could spend that much.

2. I like Champagne, but wouldn't be opposed to something else. We won't drink the whole bottle probably at one time. Thought about some of the miniatures, but didn't know anything about them. Should probably go to the State Store instead of Wally World.

3. Not a lot. I just want something that tastes good. But, don't want to break out anything really cheap either. I'd say no mre than $40.

4. A week.
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http://tv.winelibrary.com/2008/12/19...w-episode-598/

This video should help you a lot.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:39 PM   #5
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myself i would prefer a good wine over champagne...but if you must go with champagne, at your price point i would go with a moet white star...decent but not extravagant
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:46 AM   #7
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Inexpensive but very good:
Saint Hilaire Blanc de Blancs
Should be $12-15
If you won't drink it all at once make sure you have a rubber stopper
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:37 AM   #8
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Default Re: New Year's Champagne/Wine advice

For middle of the road, but yet actual "champagne" I usually go for Veuve Cliquot. It can be easily had from 35-50 dollars and is excellent. Same for Piper Heidsieck.

I don't really care for it, but it's usually a special occasion type of item we keep around the house. My fiance absolutely loves it though
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #9
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For "Champagne", go for Kirkland/Costco Champagne at around $32. Lot's of non-Champagne Sparkling wines that are good from Roderer Estate, Schaumburg Blanc de Blanc, there a lot good "Cremant" wines from France at that price too.
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Old 12-29-2009, 05:00 PM   #10
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If you are not sure she likes champagne, you might consider getting a demi-sec or a rose instead of a brut. They are a bit harder to find unless you go to a decent shop, but they are softer than the bruts, and thus more "drinkable" for the novice.


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Old 12-29-2009, 06:10 PM   #11
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For an incredible QPR buy a bottle of Etoile Rose (2002 is the current release), should be in the $35 range and handily beats most French Rose sparklers.

Also look for Chandon Blanc de Noirs, best deal out there and can be had for $13-14, this is an excellent bottle as well.
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For an incredible QPR buy a bottle of Etoile Rose (2002 is the current release), should be in the $35 range and handily beats most French Rose sparklers.

Also look for Chandon Blanc de Noirs, best deal out there and can be had for $13-14, this is an excellent bottle as well.
I like Chandon's Blanc de Blanc but didn't like their Blanc de Noirs. Another good cheap Rose/Blanc de Noirs is the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, sub $20.

If you really want to impress her, the Billecart Salmon Rose NV is absolutely stellar, but runs about $100. Billecart's Brut Reserve NV can be had for $40-50 and is also excellent.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:16 PM   #13
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I would do yellow lable Veuve Cliquot for around $35 Its good has a little name appell that I am sure your looking for. Another Idea would to go with a prosecco...its Italian champagne. One I would recomend would be the La Marca Prosecco its around $12 and one of the top 100 wines of 2008 from wine spectator. Good luck!
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Thank you all for the loads of info. I will let you know what I get, as well as how it goes.
Looking forward to and wishing you all a Happy New Year!
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...but if you must go with champagne, at your price point i would go with a moet white star...decent but not extravagant
My in-laws are Champagne connoisseurs. They drink quite a bit in the $100 to $200 range regularly. However, my FIL is a fan of this particular Champagne, FWIW.

Hope all goes well, Tim!
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My in-laws are Champagne connoisseurs. They drink quite a bit in the $100 to $200 range regularly. However, my FIL is a fan of this particular Champagne, FWIW.

Hope all goes well, Tim!
All went good. Got some New Years sugar. However, I think she mught be stalker material.
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All went good. Got some New Years sugar. However, I think she mught be stalker material.
Does she look like Glenn Close? Is she paying waaaaay too much attention to your bunny?

If she says, "I wont be IGNORED," head for the hills!
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