Bubbles beat the blues

Champagne brings brightness

Well, here we are, another year gone, another holiday season over, maybe a lot of wine consumed. Like many, I put myself on a drinking hiatus after Christmas (with the exception of New Year’s Eve and most weekday evenings … just kidding, but not really). However, when I do partake in a beverage after a day at work, especially during January, I choose to drink bubbles. Let’s be honest here, nothing cures the post-Christmas blues like some dancing bubbles in your glass. Of course I have my favorites, and here they are.

Piper Heidsieck Brut is an absolute classic. This true champagne from France comes from a pinot noir blend. On the eyes it has a straw yellow-like color, appearing clearer towards the rim. Upon the first sniff you will pull a scent of apples and pears and a mild hint of citrus which reminds me of fresh lemon cake. When these bubbles hit your tongue, this full-bodied wine will bring you back to flavors of apples, pears and a mild hint of grapefruit on the back of the palate. This champagne has phenomenal balance and will not disappoint. While it is a tad on the expensive side, trust me, it is worth it.

Piper Heidsieck got its start back in 1785 when Florens-Louis Heidsieck fell in love with a girl from the Champagne, France, region (and the wine, too). This self-educated man quickly decided he wanted to make a champagne fit for a queen. Upon his death his nephew, Christian Heidsieck, went into partnership with Henri Piper. Hence the name. If Sir Heidsieck was trying to make a champagne worthy of a queen, he has done it. I am no queen, but I approve.

My favorite things to pair champagne with are a bit unorthodox, but I will let you in on my little secret. Champagne pairs great with a lot of things! Let’s start with the basics: Oysters, smoked salmon, strawberries and most desserts are great with champagne and sparkling wines, but other things are equally as awesome. Popcorn and potato chips make a great pair with this bubbly beverage. And yes, Fort Wayne, you can have a burger with champagne. Try a champagne that’s a bit fruitier. The rounder flavor will pick up the sweet combination of the meat and the ketchup while the acidic bubbles cut through the fat of the beef. Champagne, in my mind, is one of the most versatile wines to pair with food.

Don’t let these post-Christmas blues get you down, Fort Wayne. When you are taking down your tree, throwing broken ornaments away and tossing that weird pair of toe socks your second cousin gave you, pop a bottle of bubbly. And, as always, wine on, Fort Wayne!


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