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.
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.
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: