Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley
I’m a big believer that the toasts shouldn’t stop once the New Year’s been rung in. Champagne is one of the most delicious and alluring of all alcoholic beverages (not to mention that it’s lower in calories than most drinks and has a few health benefits no other spirit can offer).
I believe in finding reasons to break out the bubbly as often as possible. (Discover the aphrodisiac potential of Champagne.) Perhaps you should consider toasting yourself every day that you keep your new year’s resolution. Whatever you decide to make your reason, here are a few bottles from some of France’s greatest producers to help whet your appetite.
My Champagne recommendations
NV Prestige Brut Rose
A plush and faintly sweet rose, this is a crowd pleaser, not to mention a good value among the big name Champagnes. Its aromas and flavors include rose petal, tart plum and red berries.
Moet & Chandon
NV Brut Rose Imperial
A nice wine to serve with a meal, it offers raspberry and roses on the nose. Its big berry flavors finish with a slight, sophisticated bitterness.
NV Brut Rose
Made in a masculine, full-bodied style, this is a pink wine that will please the boys. Yet the ladies will love its complexity and smooth finish.
2002 Extra Cuvee de Reserve Brut Rose
The kind of wine to make you forget all your troubles, get lost in its vanilla custard aromas and soothe yourself with its chamomile tea and ripe apricot flavors.
2003 Cuvee Palmes d’Or Brut Rose
Forget everything you think you know about Brut Rose because this wine breaks every rule. Big and bold with an almost fruit punchy quality, it is one of the most distinctive and interesting Roses on the market.
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