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Fewer people than usual will pop bottles of bubbly at midnight. Pour one out for France’s Champagne region.

AVENAY-VAL-D’OR, France — Champagne means celebration. But for France’s Champagne region, 2020 brought little to celebrate. In ordinary times, the region in France’s east, a global center of sparkling wine production and home to the only winemakers allowed to claim the Champagne name in some jurisdictions, would usher in the new year with lavish banquets in centuries-old castles or palaces, its sparkling treasure flowing freely. But after a year of dismal sales and drastic restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, that seems like a distant memory.

How to Make a French 75, the Best Champagne Cocktail to Toast to the End of 2020

The French 75 made quite the impact when it was first introduced, to say the least. I don’t mean the cocktail, I mean the cannon. Before gin and Champagne ever got involved, the French 75, officially “Matériel de 75 mm Mle 1897,” was a 2,700-lb field gun rolled out by the French to fight WWI. It was a closely guarded secret for years, a huge leap forward in artillery technology, capable of hitting a target six miles away with a 13.7-lb shell, and—because of a newly invented hydro-pneumatic recoil mechanism—it could do so 15 times a minute, a combination of accuracy and speed which was at the time completely unheard-of. The weapon became internationally famous among soldiers and civilians alike, and the people of France took it as a point of national pride that the French 75 was the gun that helped seal victory.
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The Best Champagnes for New Year’s Eve and All of Your Celebrations

Put down the Cook’s. The end of this year, more than any in recent history, deserves Champagne. Yes, real bubbles from the style’s most famous homeland in the northeast of France. In fact, dropkicking 2020 into a remote ditch ought to involve some of the best Champagne money can buy.
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This New Year’s Eve, Pair Fast Food With Bubbly

This post originally appeared in the December 28, 2020 edition of The Move, a place for Eater’s editors to reveal their recommendations and pro dining tips — sometimes thoughtful, sometimes weird, but always someone’s go-to move. Subscribe now. This year, as I have for many years, I will be having...

4 high-value (and delicious!) champagnes to help you ring in the New Year

There are champagnes that cost more than a mortgage payment. But busting out the bubbles doesn’t have to break your bank. With New Year’s Eve upon us, we were after something festive that wouldn’t fetch a fortune, so we consulted Alexander Dinerstein, food and beverage operations manager at Sea Pines Resort, in Hilton Head, S.C., and asked him for high-value champagnes and sparkling wines to help us ring in 2021. Priced at $65 and under, these four recommendations fit the bill.

How to Open a Champagne Bottle Like a Boss

Champagne is a fancy yet dangerous way to ring in the new year. Popping open a bottle is invigorating. It’s like trying to pop a balloon: you know it will happen, but it still shocks you when it actually explodes. A champagne bottle holds up to 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, more than the average car tire. A champagne cork can travel up to 55 miles an hour when released, and is capable of causing serious eye injury and even death. So how do you open a champagne bottle safely while still looking like a boss?

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Toast Good Riddance To 2020 With Champagne Cocktails From Home14:53. Our team at Radio Boston definitely does. But, just saying "Happy New Year" doesn't feel right this year. Instead, we're saying "Good Riddance 2020." As we'll be toasting midnight from home, we called the craft cocktail supply store The Boston...

Rare Champagne Bubbles to the Top

Making expensive vintage Champagne requires forethought and hope, because between the time the first grapes are picked and the release more than a decade later of the bottles, anything might change, including the company making the wine. Rare Champagne's story is such. Today Rare hopes to compete with Salon, Krug...

The 11 Best Bottles of Champagne to Pop This New Year’s Eve

Some eye-popping numbers recently made me pause: Of the 300 million bottles produced in Champagne each year, a full 30 million come from Moët & Chandon; add the house’s LVMH sister brands (Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug) and you get to about 100 million, a third of the storied region’s bubbly, according to Bill Marci, founder and owner of the San Francisco Champagne Society. The big houses—les Grandes Marques—go about making their Champagne in similar ways. They blend fruit purchased from many growers into wines that hew to their house style. That glass of Dom tastes remarkably similar from vintage to vintage (the producer focuses on vintage wines; most others also create multi-vintage blends that adhere even closer to a singular house character).
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The 5 best champagnes of 2020 to celebrate New Year's Eve

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Wine of the Week: Champagne wines for New Year’s Eve

F. Scott Fitzgerald once proclaimed, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.”. Let’s face it: Champagne was made for New Year’s Eve — and so much more. There is nothing quite like wine with bubbles to create a festive atmosphere and elevate the last night of the year to celebratory status. Particularly if you’re anxious to say goodbye to 2020!

There Will Probably Be Fewer Bottles of Champagne Popped at Midnight This Year

The champagne industry has had a year of champagne problems, and this New Year’s Eve will probably feature a lot less bubbly than usual. According to the Washington Post, Americans usually consume millions of glasses of champagne while ushering in the new year. But after a devastating year that’s seen champagne sales plummet amid the pandemic, the last night of 2020 is expected to include much less of the beverage than New Year’s Eves of yore.

15 of the Best Champagnes Under $100

For years, sommeliers have championed the notion that Champagne is not just for celebrations, hailing the virtues of high-low pairings like blanc de blancs and fried chicken or rosé Champagne and pizza. Surely, few among us would turn down the opportunity to drink more French fizz, but compared with most styles of sparkling wine, the barrier for entry remains unavoidably high. Is there a happy medium for those of us who love the stuff but can rarely afford it?