While food is always a main focus during the holidays, don’t forget the bubbly for New Year’s Eve, which will be upon us soon. With that said, we are no experts on what to drink, so we asked Paula Paradise owner of Paradise Wine on Buffalo’s West Side for some ideas.
Here are her suggestions for New Year’s Eve that will add a little something special when ringing in 2016 without breaking the bank:
Mas de Daumas Gassac Rosé Frizant ($24.99)
Made from organically grown grapes and a rarity in sparkling wines, it’s made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon by a small family winery in the Languedoc region of southern France. Soft mousse with lovely red berry fruit, dry, delicate and persistent bubbles. A Champagne quality sparkling wine.
Francois Baur Crémant d'Alsace Brut Reserve, France ($21.99)
Incredibly delicious, it drinks like a Champagne for half the price. Biodynamically farmed and certified it is medium bodied with a light golden hue. Creamy texture and packed with flavor. Pear, brioche and refreshing minerality.
Rinaldi dry Lambrusco Rosé, Italy ($13.99)
Light and refreshing with delicate mousse, red berry flavors and a hint of lime on the lively finish. Made from organically grown grapes. Yummy!
La Jara Prosecco Frizzante, Italy ($12.99)
In local dialect, “La Jara” means “gravel.” Located in Mareno di Piave, in the province of Treviso, the farm has been owned since 1891 by the Marion family. Farmed biodynamically and certified organic, it’s pure and lipsmacking juicy with white peaches, apples and a stony, dry finish.
2014 Marenco Moscato Strev ($13.99)
For the sparkling wine enthusiast with a slight sweet tooth is this 100 percent Moscato Bianco. Delicate and fragrant, frothy and refreshing with pear, lemon citrus and peach blossoms. Semi-sweet. The name Strev refers to the Strevi hills, located in the eastern part of Asti where the Moscato grapes are known for their exceptional ripeness. Made from grapes farmed sustainably.
Paradise Wine is located at 435 Rhode Island St., in the Five Points area just four blocks west of Left Bank Restaurant. Call (716) 322-5396 • Facebook.