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Food and Drink

Something Sparkly

By Julie Blacklidge |

Don’t stop toasting New Year’s at the stroke of midnight December 31. If you plan January right, you could celebrate straight through Chinese New Year in February. To do this, you’ll need to stock up on sparkling wine and Champagne. Mimosas and Bellinis with Sunday brunch? Yes, please. To achieve this constant state of celebration, though, you’ll also need to throw out your preconceived notions that Champagne is more of an aperitif or after-dinner drink than something you can sip with everyday meals. Sparkling wine is a natural match with crisp green salads, seafood, and even spicy Thai and Tex-Mex. Hearty pink sparklings and Blanc de Noirs (white from red grapes) can even be paired with rich chicken and pork dishes. So drink more bubbly with friends and family. That’s one resolution you might actually keep.

Pommery POP, Champagne, France ($45.99)
First introduced in single-serving bottles with a straw, POP quickly became a party-circuit fave. Now it’s available in full-size bottles. It’s less fizzy than regular sparklings, with a delicate sweetness that makes it refreshing and easy to drink. Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits, 5709 W. Lovers Ln. 214-352-4161.

Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, Calistoga, California ($37)
Made in the Méthode Champenoise style, the Blanc de Noirs stands as a shining example of California sparklings. It has a toasted nuttiness that makes it a good match with a plate of yummy cheeses. Grand Tastings, 4430 McKinney Ave. 214-559-3491.

Yellowglen Pink, South Eastern Australia ($9.99) & Yellowglen Yellow, South Eastern Australia ($9.99)
The price is right for the Aussie imports. Try Pink with a decadent brunch of strawberry waffles and whipped cream, or use Yellow as a base for your cocktails. It is ripe with tropical flavors that will perk up fruit juices to perfection. Whole Foods, 2218 Greenville Ave. 214-824-1744.

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