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680News wine reviews – December 28–30, 2007 

Roederer Brut Premier Champagne
Okay, New Year's Eve is coming up, the night that more champagne is consumed than the rest of the year put together. You want to impress your partner. You want the best. Look no further than Roederer Brut Premier Champagne. Yes, it's expensive, but for great champagne you pay the price. This one is available as a Vintages Essential product for $63.95 a bottle. Roederer Brut Premier is the quintessence of elegance. Straw coloured with a biscuity, toasty, nutty nose it's crisply dry and beautifully poised, medium-bodied with a long, lemony-Granny Smith apple finish. The best way to see the old year out and the new one in. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($63.95, Vintages Essential #268771)

Champagne advice
If you're serving champagne or sparkling wine on New Year's Eve, a word of warning. There are 90 pounds per square inch pressure in a bottle of champagne – the same kind of pressure as in a Toronto bus tire. Unimpeded, the cork will leave the bottle at a speed of 65 kilometres an hour for the first ten feet. So hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, pointed away from your guests and the windows. If you don't want to lose any wine – and champagne is an expensive drink – hold the cork firmly and twist the bottle away from it. The cork should not move. If you do it right it will come away with the sound of a lover's sigh and not a pop and a gusher. May I wish you a happy, healthy and safe New Year. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.

 

 

 

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