#WineWednesday: Wines for the Holidays – Champagne

By / Wine + Drinks / December 4th, 2013 / 1

Happy December, the month of celebration and holidays.  The month we all look forward to.  It’s a time to re-connect with friends and family.  A time to pull out the bubbly and make a toast for a happy next year while enjoying the time we are together now.

I know that bubbly is not just for the holidays – and you should too – but there’s just something about this time of year that screams “celebration”.

For those extra-special occasions I give you a list of Champagne (real Champagne, from Champagne, France) for when you want to reward nice or inspire the naughty.

Charles Heidsieck NV Brut ($59.95)

Biscuity and toasty with lovely hazelnut/almond biscotti and lemon drop.

Henriot NV Souverain Brut ($59.95)

Mineral and bready aspects lead to apple core and skin with nice acidity to cap the finish – this one starts off seemingly sweet but ends long and dry.

Louis Roederer NV Brut Premier ($68.95)

This one has it all, biscuits, brioche, hazelnut and plenty of baked apple.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 2004 Vintage Rose ($97.95)

Raspberry and citrus on the fore-palate leads to a finish that’s long on strawberry.

Krug Grande Cuvee Brut Champagne ($271.95)

For those with an unlimited budget this is the one you should put on the table, you’ve heard of Krug and it’s for good reason.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.



Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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