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New Year’s Eve Needs Bubbles

New Year's Eve

In a perfect world, everyone would join us at Domaine Chandon for New Year's Eve, but—sadly—it’s not always possible to spend the holidays in Napa Valley. So what’s the next best thing? To be here in spirit at midnight on that joyful evening by hosting a Chandon-style soirée. Just like life needs bubbles, a successful New Year’s Eve party needs a few creative pointers to keep the festivities festive:

  1. Start the night with a Chandon Sidecar: Begin with this brandy-based, citrus-infused cocktail classic, made distinctive with some sparkling flourishes and sure to please your guests. Click here for recipe.

  2. iPodEvery good party needs a soundtrack, so try creating a playlist of your favorite songs from the past year. It’ll infuse the celebration with your unique personality and is a nostalgic, toe-tapping way to send off the year.

  3. Make it a magnum: Always a popular option to keep the bubbles flowing on New Year’s Eve, a magnum of Chandon Brut Classic is both economically and conversationally effective. One magnum equals two regular-sized (750ml) bottles of wine.

  4. Party games are better with sparkling wine: Why not try a blind vertical tasting of Chandon sparkling wine? Cover the labels on bottles of Brut Classic, Reserve Pinot Noir Brut, etoile Brut, and—if you’re feeling generous—etoile Tête de Cuvée, and ask partygoers to guess which is which. The sometimes subtle, sometimes profound differences will delight and amaze.

  5. Finish your year with a taste of etoile: The Domaine Chandon Cookbook features recipes for many of etoile Restaurant’s most popular dishes, and with the party typically starting later on New Year’s Eve, small savory bites are a good way to go. We suggest the following:

Gougères – page 61
Brandy-spiced Shrimp – Page 68
Seared Day-Boat Scallops – Page 124

Above all, remember to relax and enjoy the company of your guests, look forward to what the year ahead may hold and don’t forget the midnight kiss!