Good News: Today is National Champagne Day

We all have mixed feelings about New Year resolutions but most of us love NYE parties. And what's a party without some champagne? (Also it's the only thing that doesn't give me a raging hangover the day after). And because it's National Champagne Day, I've also jotted down TA's favorite champagnes and where to find them. Because no matter where you're celebrating NYE tonight, make sure you do it in style.

best-champagnes

1. Lanson Pink Label
Think the lightest of rosés corked into the prettiest pink bottle. A bold floral scent with subtle floral and red berry flavors with just a touch of acidity. A history note: The Lanson house dates back to 1760 and was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1860 by Queen Victoria. To this day, they supply the British Royal family with their famed champagne. So, it's safe to say this label knows its stuff.

2. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Never boring, buttery like a biscuit with a hint of candied lemon zest. Don't you dare try to age this champagne, enjoy it for its fresh crispness. The best part: Clicquot is famed not only for its divine wine but for the courageous woman behind it. Widowed at 27 in 1805, Madame Clicquot took over her husband's business and under her management and cleverness, she transformed the company into the powerhouse it is today.

I'm also in love with the creativity that still exists in this brand, even their box designs are spectacularly adorable.

NYE-champagne

3. Artéis&Co 1999
For an especially grand occasion ($500, oof), go for the 1997 Champagne Salon. If you can find it. The bottle, rebelliously designed by French graffiti artist André Saraiva, is liquid gold packing punchy apple aromatics. Then it melts on your tongue and we hope you have something to hold onto when it does.

4. Dom Pérignon 2004
The granddaddy of champagnes according to every bottle-popping enthusiast. Toasty brioche and almond notes with a long, smoky aftertaste (one of the reasons its so coveted). When you first pop this Dom open, you get a whiff of peaches, which is enough to get anyone salivating.

5. Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
Silky, slightly spicy and effortlessly elegant. Discovered this champagne when someone opened a bottle mid-cake binging. Now I can never eat chocolate torte any other way.

In case you waited 'til the last minute (again, don't worry, we did too), here are a few essentials to party in style tonight:


Feature photo by Dream Create



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  • Helga says:

    I love it when we talk about wines and champagnes. No I’m not really a drinker but when there’s opportunity, why decline the chance to drink, right? I’ve tried Dom Perignon before and like you said, just opening the bottle gets everyone salivating!

  • Susan says:

    Oh, I didn’t know there’s a National Champagne day! I guess I missed out this year. Ha ha ha… Happy New Year Heidi 🙂 You’re looking great, by the way .

  • MJ says:

    Oh, lucky me! At the start of 2015, Dom Perignon is right beside me. I meant the wine, not the monk it was named with. Everyone really loves Dom and who doesn’t? I think it’s everyone’s favorite, if not, the most preferred champagne of all time.

  • Coffee*Book*Mom says:

    Oh this is great! Cheers to us champagne lovers!

    Thanks for the suggested champagne drinks.. that Lanson Pink label got me interested 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    What… champagne costing $500? Well, I couldn’t afford it, that’s for sure, but based on your description, now I’ve gotten curious and I wish I could have a taste of that 1997 Champagne Salon. Thanks for sharing this info Heidi.. Happy New Year!

  • Blue says:

    There’s a National Champagne day? This is the first time I heard and learned about it. Though I’m about 2 days late of knowing this, it’s great to know that there’s that one day that I can indulge in overflowing champagne and not feel guilty about it. Thanks much for this!

  • Patricia says:

    Oh I’d love to try out all that champagne suggestions… They’re a bit costly, it’s true, but I think I can save up from time to time so I can indulge and experience them by Christmas next year

  • Sophie says:

    Too bad I didn’t know about national Champagne Day.. That should have been my excuse for partying all day and night during NYE – my parents think I’m still too young to drink!

  • Deborah says:

    Ahh, the pleasures of drinking Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque – yes, I’ve had the chance to taste this one during new years eve and it was a bliss!

  • Gabrielle says:

    This is great to know. I ain’t know anything about Champagne day too! This is awesome 🙂

  • Arianne says:

    Oh, Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label is heavenly! And I’ve also tried a new one, the Rosé Sparkling Wine/Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé – it’s delicious!

  • KC says:

    I don’t think I could ever afford a $500 champagne, not in my dreams or in reality. I wish I could have a taste of that champagne!

  • Elena says:

    Aacckk.. I should have known this before NYE!! Where was I when this day was proclaimed? Silly me, I missed drinking champagne and all those suggesting are making my mouth water 🙂

  • Leigh says:

    Oh no.. where was I when the National Champagne day was celebrated? Oh right I was busy tweaking my blog and doing work and munching on pizzas at that time. Sheesh! How could I have passed up such an opportunity? I need to get a life!

  • Varga says:

    I’m glad I knew about this a week before NYE. My cousin and I stocked up some bottles of chardonnay and champagne and opened the floodgates come New Year, right after the clock struck 12. Dom Perginon was everybody’s favorite!

  • Andrea says:

    Oh I have heard so much about Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, my colleagues say it’s really one of the best tasting champagne there is. It could knock your brains out in seconds but it won’t let you fall down. It’s more like an aphrodisiac, that’s what I heard..

  • I couldn’t and maybe wouldn’t be able to afford that $500 champagne, not ever in my whole life! I think a glass of sparkling wine is oK with me

  • Rizza V. says:

    Haven’t tried any of the champagnes listed above. Thanks for the guide and the tips. I’ll be purchasing at least one bottle over the next three weeks in preparation of an event that requires sparkling wine. I’ll take note of the suggestions, also for the next year ahead!

  • Ashley says:

    Two more days and it’s National Champagne Day again! I can’t wait to spend NY with everyone else. Happy holidays to you Heidi 🙂

  • Angelique says:

    Today is National Champagne Day! Perfect date for me and my kiddos!