In Spain, since the early 1900s, it has been Tradition to toast in the New Year with a Cava or Champagne, or other sparkling beverage of choice ( Asturian Cider for those unable to consume alcohol ) and have 12 white grapes at exactly 12am, an idea which had come about due to the surplus of grapes in the Alicante and Valencia regions ...
In Italia, lentils are eaten at 12am and in Portugal 12 raisins ... With this in mind, how do you bring in the New Year ?
Furthermore, here are 3 Champagne suggestions ranging in price from 10 Euros to 50 Euros:
1) Perrier Jouet´s Belle Epoque ( lovely, light Champagne however, pricey ) : this is an elegant sparkling Brut straw blonde champagne ideal for all your New Year´s Eve sipping.
2) Mont Marcal, an Extra dry Rosé pairs wonderfully with Iberian Ham, Foie Gras and Proscuitto Di Palma.
3) Pierre I : Also a Rosé color Champagne, which pairs well with almost all appetisers one can be offered on the 31st or anytime of the year.
Happy Holidays to all,
Edited by margcata - 12/26/11 at 10:16am