Offer a bubbly tasting this New Year’s Eve with a perfectly curated selection of champagne by The Gourmet Shop of Columbia, South Carolina.
This beloved foodie destination (think: the love child of Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table) is an independent purveyor of wine, kitchen tools and specialty foods with a noteworthy cheese counter and a cafe menu perfectly restrained to craft soups, sandwiches, salads, nibbles and coffee.
Owners Linda and Dennis Hiltner hand select every item offered at The Gourmet Shop in Five Points (including the 12,000+ bottles of wine) and at their annual Starry Night Champagne Bash, they throw open their doors and pop bubbly.
What did they pour this year? Five wines specifically ordered to examine the feminine to masculine qualities of Champagne. It’s a wow. This tasting, composed by Dennis, will delight a casual bubbly drinker (or your snobbiest oenophile) with its range of flavor and composition.
First Up Ruinart Blanc de Blanc NV ($69.99): this crisp Champagne is 100% Chardonnay and is elegant, but easy to drink.
Number 2 Laurent Perrier Brut NV ($39.99): tiny bubbles are the star of this pale-hued Champagne with notes of grapefruit.
Number 3 Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV ($39.99): the Roederer can be described as “bright” from its blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier.
Number 4 Veuve Clicquot Brut NV ($49.99): oh Veuve! The yellow label alone is worth bringing you home, but Charles DuPuy (of Southern Wine and Spirits) says what we love about Veuve is its more rounded, full-bodied profile.
Last (but not least) Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose NV ($34.99): the rosé is Pinot Noir heavy with a minority percentage of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier… so don’t let the girly color fool you.
And, though $235 may seem like a significant party purchase, if you consider serving 10 this tasting comes in at under $25 per person (or spring for just one bottle… I’ll be sipping #3).