TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Yellow Tail Sparkling Rosé

If you’re buying sparkling wine for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, you may be tempted to buy Champagne. But unless your guests are wine connoisseurs, you can have just as pleasant an experience with other sparkling wines, for a third to half of the price of the least expensive bottle of Champagne. Champagne is a…
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GIFTS: Wine & Spirits

Liquor stores are filled with gift sets and specials for holiday gifting. Champagnes packaged with flutes, Cognacs with snifters, tasting kits (a box of smaller bottles of different expressions), “keeper” bottles with holiday designs and limited editions (Absolut Electrik, anyone?) all vie for your attention. We received scores of pitches, but here’s what caught our…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Appetizers With Champagne

As you’re getting ready to pop the cork on New Year’s Eve, what nibbles should you serve with the Champagne or other sparkling wine? Here are seven favorite pairings with Champagne. CAVIAR You don’t need the deep pockets for sturgeon caviar. Salmon caviar, trout caviar or whitefish caviar are just dandy. We enjoy serving them…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Wine Glass Types

Ideally, you’ll have three wine-specific glasses for red, white and sparkling. Photo courtesy Brinvy.biz.   “Why the different shapes and sizes of wine glasses?” writes a reader. “Can’t I just use one generic glass?” The bottom line is: You can serve wine in a juice glass, if that’s what you have. It’s how wine is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Quickly Chill Wine Or Champagne

If you forgot to put the Champagne in the fridge—or decide on a different bottle of wine than the one you’ve chilled—here’s how to get it cold, fast. Pop It In The Freezer Many people stick the bottle in the freezer. It works, but it isn’t the fastest way to chill wine. Cold air isn’t…
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