Play, The Good Life
New Year’s Eve is coming up, and purists will insist on bringing in 2008 with the real thing – Champagne, you can only call it Champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France. But that is pricey and getting pricier all the time – the average is around 60 bucks a bottle. So I asked wine writer and critic Margaret Swaine for her suggestion for some bubbly that doesn’t break the bank.
“For example a Prosecco from Italy, or a Cava from Spain — they’re bubbly, they’re very cheerful, they have a nice flavour, but not as strong, not as ‘wow’ on the mouth as a French one. And then there’s the Canadian products – they can be around the $20-25 level, when they’re made in the same method that the champagne producers make it. My number one would be from Henry of Pelham, and Chateau des Charmes also does an wonderful job, and then Jackson Triggs.”
And if you want to spring for French Champagne, Margaret’s favourites are Krug, Bollinger, and Veuve Clicquot.