Elegance at the reach of a hand : On why Champagne is the Holiday favorite

By Aura "Kymi" Manjarrez

Although apple cider [whether spiked or plain] is a fall favorite, it isn’t uncommon for people to come back to the elegant classic that is champagne ; and not just during the fall-winter season. Think engagement parties, weddings, bacherlor/ette celebrations and any other significant life event, they all have the classy touch of the bubbly drink.


There is, really, no known reason why people chose it as the trademark of an important moment, other than it being delicious, meeting the Gold Standard [for its golden appearance] and being an over-all drink to serve to guests. The popularity of it peaked dyring the ‘20s, when the New Rich made a point of bringing the house party scene to a climax.

Among the most popular brands we have Moët & Chandon, a French branch that prides itself in the quality of their products. Krug founded by Joseph Krug in 1843,s one of the famous Champagne houses that formed part of the Grande Marques. And Martini & Rossi an Itialian prosecco that is sure to delight guests and hosts alike this winter – without breaking the bank!

  •  Moët Imperial Rosé — At a retail price of $49.99, this sparkling pink drink is aromatic and savory, beautiful to look at and fun to serve at parties.

  • Krug Clos du Mesnil 2004 - Crafted from Chardonnay grapes from the Clos du Mesnil plot in 2004, it’s an ideal pour for a truly special holiday. Clos du Mesnil 2004 offers expressive aromas of toffee apple, caramel, ripe citrus fruits, and lightly toasted nuts. On the palate, initial hints of brown sugar, candied ginger, and pecan give way to notes of citrus fruits as it bursts into an explosion of freshness enhanced by a very long and elegant finish. At $850 this bottle is perfect for a New Years toast.

  • Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection - A unique case offering for Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Non-Vintage Rosé, inspired by Veuve Clicquot’s iconic yellow and pink hues that have long been synonymous with the brand. Shaped as traditional paint tubes, Veuve Clicquot Colorama Collection pays homage to the aesthetic of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and keeps your 750mL bottle of Yellow Label making it the perfect gift for your favorite party host or Champagne enthusiast. SRP $60.00+

  • Moët Brut Imperial — ($39.99) And, of course, the all-time favorite couldn’t be missing from the lost. The Brut Imperial is the most sold Moët product in the world. SocialVignerons.com rates it as a 91/100, which pretty much gives away the excellent quality of the product. .

  • Martini & Rossi Prosecco DOC - ($14.99) Unique to the Veneto-Friuli area in Northeast Italy, this versatile bubbly is deliciously dry with a fruit-forward style. Aromas of apple, pear and thyme are complimented by a refreshing, crisp acidity. An ideal hostess gift, this prosecco can effortlessly carry a meal from appetizers through desserts.

  • Meiomi Sparkling - ($26.99) On the nose, aromas of green apple are laced with hints of peach nectar. Flavors of crunchy pears, zesty citrus, and honey layer over a slight yeastiness and a fresh minerality. Enjoy this sparkling wine with fresh oysters topped with a classic mignonette sauce, sushi, warm brie, or a fresh mixed berry tart.

  • 2006 vintage of Palmes D’or - ($136) Offers the finest crus in champagne and is aged for at least six years to further enhance its delicate flavor. The bottle has hundreds of distinct dimples, mirroring a disco ball – perfect for New Year’s eve!

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