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Celebrate the holidays with champagne By Amanda Dale

‘Champagne or a good sparkling wine goes well with any type of food.’

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The New Year is fast approaching and it’s time to savour the past, present and future. So what better way to ring the New Year in than with champagne? Champagne is the finest sparkling wine in the world and has been associated with celebration since Marie Antoinette deemed it to be the wine of coronation. Produced solely from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France, only bottles produced here can be truly deemed champagne. Each bottle is also produced individually — from the grapes of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier — and will contain millions of fine, tiny bubbles. Hence the popular term, bubbly.

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But champagne also comes with a price tag. Associated with luxury, power and mobility, it is considered the ‘elite’ among wines and in Bermuda, one bottle will set you back about $50. But on New Year’s Eve, many see this festive bubbly as the only way to ring in the New Year. Michael Robinson, director of wine at Burrows Lightbourn, said starting the New Year with a glass of the finest sparkling wine money can buy is associated with optimism and celebration. “This is our busiest time of the year for selling champagne,” he said. “We probably sell at least a third of all our champagne in the month of December, and this is mainly due to New Year. “If you’re going to be looking forward to a new year, why not do this with something which has hundreds of years of history behind it?

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bubbly: Champagne is the finest sparkling wine in the world and is associated with celebrating happy occasions. “And it is regarded as the finest sparkling wine in the world,” he added. However, if you are hosting a party or get-together, the number one factor in what you serve will probably be your budget. When choosing your midnight tipple, consider how many guests you have and whether they are wine connoisseurs, or whether they would be just as happy with a cheaper sparkling wine. There are lots of options for those on a budget to still celebrate New Year with a decent bottle of sparkling wine. It may not have the word ‘champagne’ on the label but many wines are made in a similar style,

with similar results on the palate. Mr Robinson said: “When people are having a party, the main thing to decide is, ‘Do we want champagne?’. “It is the best sparkling wine in the world but it is expensive. Countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, their desire for champagne is growing in leaps and bounds, but champagne is only made in a small, limited area in France, so that puts a lot of pressure on price. “There’s a lot of good sparkling wines out there which are made the same way,” said Mr Robinson. “They are not as good but can come close. So consider, do you really want champagne or do you

just want a festive bubbly, a bottle of sparkling wine. “If you want the very best, you will have to be prepared to pay $50 or more for a bottle of champagne. “But if you and your friends are not true connoisseurs of champagne, then buy a good bottle of Spanish sparkling wine for $15 a bottle.” Mr Robinson recommends Freixenet cava, which he says is “made the same way” but in Spain, from the grapes of macabeo, parellada and xarel-lo. A bottle of cava will cost you from $15-22, but Freixenet is made in the ‘methode champenoise’, with each wine left to ferment naturally in individual bottles.

Mr Robinson also recommends Californian sparkling wines such as Schramsberg. Schramsberg is also produced in the ‘methode champenoise’, and uses the same types of grapes as champagne, such as pinot noir and chardonnay. It costs from $25-30 a bottle. “You can buy sparkling wines from the $12 mark, up to $100, but French champagne is considered the benchmark,” said Mr Robinson. He said most sparkling wines are produced by the ‘Charmat (bulk) method’, by which the wine is fermented in large tanks. “That’s the way most inexpensive sparkling wines are made, whereas

real (French) champagne is individually made in each bottle. “That is a lot more labour intensive. For example, getting the dead yeast cells out of the bottles. “The difference is, is that champagne has much finer, tiny bubbles. They are delicate and persistent, whereas with the ‘bulk method’ the bubbles are larger, not as delicate, and don’t last as long. “Champagne also uses higher quality grapes and is a more expensive process.” Its finesse also makes champagne an excellent choice of wine for Christmas Day dinner, said Mr Robinson. “Champagne or a good sparkling wine goes well with any type of food,” he said. “You can start with it, with the soup, and still be drinking it when it’s time for dessert. Its acidity and fine, tiny little bubbles cleanse the palate.” Rose champagne is currently in vogue, added Mr Robinson. “Rose is very popular now. It’s a phenomenon that has really taken place in the past five years. “Laurent-Perrier is the most popular rose champagne in the world, but it’s $95.25 a bottle.” See champagne, page 37


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Top off your party with delicious, fresh pizza Pizza House

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The MarketPlace, Heron Bay, Middle Road, Southampton. Tel. 2382753 Shelly Bay MarketPlace Plaza, North Shore Road, Hamilton Parish. Tel. 2938465 Southside Road (next to Southside Cinema), St David’s. Tel. 293-5700. Opening times: 11am-10pm Mondays to Saturdays; and 1-6pm Heron Bay, 1-9pm Shelly Bay, and 12-9pm Southside on Sundays. Closed on public holidays.

Everyone loves pizza, so if you’re thinking of party food for the holidays, slices of the tasty dough and toppings can prove a real winner. Simple, straightforward and satisfying — there is little preparation with pizza and minimal clean-up afterwards. At Pizza House, the staff are well-seasoned in providing parties with piping-hot slices. The company has a reputation for producing ‘the best pizza on the island’, with locations in both the East and West End.

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Franz Egenolf, managing director and owner, said: “Our advantage is that we have six sizes and 21 different toppings to choose from, so the variety is endless. “You choose what you want on your pizza. The different toppings cater to a range of tastes. “But our most popular pizza is pepperoni and mushroom. “We also make everything fresh, from scratch. We have fresh ingredients and everything is made to the highest standards. “I think we offer the largest choice of sizes on the island. Our smallest is seven inches, and the largest, 18 inches.” The seven and 10 inch pizzas are cut into four slices, and the 14, 16 and 18 inches are cut into eight

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tasty: Whether it’s cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, margherita or some other combination, everyone loves pizza. large slices. But it depends on what the customer wants. When it comes to Pizza House’s Party Pizzas, these measure 18 x 26 inches, and are cut according to the client’s specifications. “Generally we cut 20 slic-

es, sometimes 30 if requested,” said Mr Egenolf. “We just need a day’s notice for the Party Pizzas, and need payment upfront if you are ordering more than one. “We’ve been doing the Party Pizzas for several

Also try our super sub sAndwiches, sAlAds, desserts & beverAges Party Size Pizza Available with 24hr Advanced Notice! Catering Services Available • Call Today 293–8465 Located at:

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years and they are very popular. “They cost $40, plus $5 for any additional toppings, so if you have a party of 15-20 people this proves inexpensive. “It’s also less work if you order your party food —

it’s one less thing to worry about. “Children and adults all love pizza. It’s easy and there’s no mess to clean up afterwards. “The pizzas are popular with schools (events and outings) and at parties.”

Pizza House began at Shelly Bay 25 years ago and then expanded to Heron Bay. It added the Southside location five or six years ago. Mr Egenolf said: “We also do general catering for birthdays, weddings, wakes and other events — catering from anywhere between 10 and 200 people. “We offer a complete catering service, it’s not just ‘fast food’. We can do anything from pizza, to lobster and caviar. “At Pizza House in St David’s and Shelly Bay we have a daily hot buffet where we prepare all different kinds of food, from barbecue ribs to chicken to vegetables. “At Heron Bay we only prepare pizzas and sandwiches.” The Party Pizzas are available from all three locations. n


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champagne: Add some fizz to your Christmas and New Year celebrations Continued from page 33

Tasting notes:

A bottle of champagne at Burrows Lightbourn will cost from $45-100 but a bottle of rose champagne will cost $60-100. “Rose is more difficult to make, to get the colour and the flavour just right,” said Mr Robinson. “All grapes have a clear juice, hence white wine. But for a rose or a red wine, you have to let the grapes sit in their skins and tannins. “The colour comes from the skin of the grape, which ‘tans’ the juice and makes it a darker wine. “If you take away the skins straight away you will get a clear, white wine. “So to get a rose you have to leave the juice in the darker grape skins for a few hours, to extract the colour.” In rose champagne’s case, this would be the pinot noir grapes. But whether you opt for rose champagne, champagne, Spanish cava, Italian prosecco or another sparkling wine, this comes down to your budget, the number of guests and taste. “Do you and your friends appreciate a good champagne or would you prefer something which just goes ‘pop’ and is festive?,” said Mr Robinson. “It comes down to budget at the end of the day.” He also recommends sipping champagne from a regular white wine glass rather than the traditional tall, thin flutes. “The wine tastes better and smells better,” said Mr Robinson. “You can appreciate the flavours and aromas more in a regular wine glass rather than in a flute. “This is what science reports are stating, and I feel that drinking champagne may soon be done in regular wine glasses within a few years’ time.” Whatever your tastes, the staff of Burrows Lightbourn are happy to assist you in your holiday wine selection. n

Champagne — PiperHeidsieck Cuvee Brut

Burrows Lightbourn, 2 Addendum Lane, Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke. Call 295-0176. Retail outlets: 127 Front Street, Hamilton; Harbour Road, Paget; and Water Street, St George’s.

method. To emphasize this traditional technique, the champagne is bottled in an embossed bottle that is a reproduction of those used in the late 17th century. This salmon-pink rosé champagne is truly remarkable for its highly expressive bouquet, stemming from very careful preservation of fresh fruit aromas during the winemaking. Made with 100 per cent pinot noir using skin contact, also known as the saignée method, LaurentPerrier’s know-how and attention to quality produces a finely crafted rosé with both depth and freshness. It has become the benchmark for rosé champagne around the world. Bright, fresh and intense, with notes of raspberries, strawberries and black cherries. (Laurent-Perrier)

Quality sparkling wines — Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2009

$35.45 Blanc de Blancs (white from white) made from chardonnay, is the counterpart to the Blanc de Noirs (white from black), made from pinot noir. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially-produced, chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when US President Richard Nixon served the wine at the historic ‘Toast to Peace’ in Beijing, China. (Schramsberg) “Elegant and sleekly styled, with appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, featuring focused layered flavours of lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger.” Wine Spectator

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad No. 84 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2012 93/100 rating, $52.75 The majority of the blend of Piper-Heidsieck signature’s Cuvee Brut is composed of pinot noir. Hand-selected parcels of pinot meunier and chardonnay also play important roles in the elaboration of this well-balanced cuvee. Selected reserve wines from preceding years are incorporated into the blend. The blend is aged for minimum 24 months on the lees before release. (Piper-Heidsieck) “Elegant, with rich base notes of toasted brioche and smoke adding depth, this integrates finely honed acidity, detailed texture and flavours of black cherry puree, apple tarte Tatin, kumquat and grated ginger. Provides a creamy, mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022.” Wine Spectator  

Rosé champagne — Laurent-Perrier

91/100 Wine Spectator $95.25 The best selling rosé champagne in the world, Laurent-Perrier is one of the few rosés still made by the saignée (bleeding off)

$25.30 Spanish cava “Gold-tinged, with ripe green citrus and apple

“Delicate and subtly textured, with sweet cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit notes that are balanced by citrusy acidity. Shows fine attention to detail, ending with a light smoky finish. Drink now.” Wine Spectator “Copper pink in colour, this is a red-fruited rosé. It’s firm with gentle grapeskin tannin that rounds it without astringency. A mineral back note and a hint of raw almond mark the end. A firm, clean line of flavour, this is ready to pour with crab.” 90/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine

notes accented with light toast and smoke. Distinctly heavier than the average cava, the taste still displays See champagne, page 38


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perlage (preservation), fruity aromas of peach, apple, pear and citrus fruit, the palate gracefully balances zingy acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness, richness and silky-smooth texture. (Canella) “The non-vintage Prosecco di Conegliano is a creamy, perfumed wine with good definition in its

Continued from page 37 bright acidity, with a dry, ample mineral finish.” New York Wine Salon “After four years of secondary fermentation, this limited release wine develops toasted brioche qualities that marry well with the apple and quince notes through the smooth, spicy finish.” Three stars, excellent, recommended. Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide 2011 “A selection of macabeo and parellada grown at estate vineyards in the Alt Penedes, Reserva Heredad is a complex and heady cava that delivers on its richness without sweetness. Its potent depth of flavour has a smoky minerality and fresh apple-skin notes.” 92/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine

aromas and flavours, and excellent overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 20092010.” 88/100 The Wine Advocate

Barefoot Pinot Grigio Bubbly

$12.80 Sparkles are our favourite! Light-bodied and refreshing, our Pinot Grigio Bubbly bubbles over with citrus flavours and orange blossom aromas. (Barefoot). n

Budget — Canella Prosecco di Conegliano

$16.65 Brilliant straw yellow with fine, persistent

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New Year’s Eve events City Ball December 31, 8pm-1am City Hall, Hamilton This black tie event marks the City of Hamilton’s first ‘City Ball’. Cocktails 8pm in the foyer, dinner 9-11pm in the Bermuda National Gallery and the Bermuda Society of Arts galleries. New Year’s celebrations follow in the foyer, with a balloon drop, confetti cannons and a champagne toast at midnight. Fireworks will be displayed on large screens. Music in the BNG gallery by the Wayne Davis Band and by James Richardson in the BSOA gallery. A four-piece live band featuring vocalists Lloyd Holder, Sheila Smith and McCartney Darrell will then bring in the New Year. Tickets $200, including five-course meal, signature welcome cocktail, glass of wine at dinner and glass of champagne at midnight, plus NYE party favours. Seating: Tables of four, eight and 10. Tickets for

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Jimmy Keys New Year’s Eve Dinner & Show December 31, 6:30pm-1am Harbourview Ballroom, Fairmont Hamilton Princess A night with comedian and musician Jimmy Keys followed by dancing to celebrate the New Year. Cash bar cocktail reception 6:30pm, followed by five-course gala dinner at 7:30pm. The show starts at 9pm, followed by a DJ and dancing until 1am. The British comedian’s characters will include Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Who and the Rat Pack. Tickets $169 per person, including dinner, show, dancing and gratuities, from www.bdatix.com The Fairmont Hamilton

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New Year’s Eve Disco Party ­— ABBA meets the Bee Gees December 31, 9pm-2am. Poinciana Ballroom, Fairmont Southampton Resort Turn back the clock to the Seventies with music by ABBA and the Bee Gees, performed by Canadian tribute bands ABBA Mania and Night Fever. Bermuda band The Travellers will also play cover hits from the Seventies. Tickets $99, or enjoy a dinner and show package at the Jasmine Lounge for $155, Windows on the Sound, $169, or Newport Gastropub, $179. From 6pm onwards. Tickets from www. bdatix.bm The Fairmont Southampton Resort is also offering a room package. Call 2388000 for reservations. n

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