Champagne sales skyrocket up to seven times the usual during the week preceding New Year’s Eve, but what I want to know is what happens the next week? Actually, I do know: They fall off a cliff. This is wrong. In fact, if there’s one thing New Year’s Eve celebrations should tell us—besides that kissing the wrong person at midnight can lead to all sorts of problems—it’s that Champagne is so delightful that we’d be nuts to stop drinking it just because the party is over.
So my suggestion, now that we’re a week into 2016, is to keep drinking Champagne. Drink it with dinner; drink it with lunch; shoot, drink it with breakfast if you feel like it. And to help out with choices, here are five recent winners from the F&W Tasting Room.
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NV A. R. Lenoble Rosé Terroirs Brut ($53) This small, family-owned house blends premier cru Pinot Noir from Bisseuil and grand cru Chardonnay from Chouilly for this lightly smoky, strawberry-scented rosé.