12/15/09 – capping off the decade with some bubbles

By Jesse on December 13, 2009

Hard to believe, but the decade will be ending in about two weeks. Just think, it was a mere ten years ago that we all braced ourselves for the inevitable calamity that would be Y2K, and then breathed a collective sigh of relief when the ball dropped and nothing blew up. Most of us just turned up the volume on the Ricky Martin and got back to the party, probably not caring very much about what we were drinking. This year, we’re going to do it differently: we’re going to find that perfect bottle of New Years bubbly. We’ve come a long way since 2000 (check out the photo below if you don’t believe me), and our choice of celebratory libation should reflect that.

Yours truly as a high school junior in 2000. (Bonus points: can you find the other Young Wino regular in this pic?)

For this meeting, please bring a bottle of sparkling wine that you think would pair perfectly with January 1, 2010. As you know, Champagne is the go-to sparkler for the wealthy class, but does it always represent classy wealth? (See what I did there?) Bring your favorite Champagne if you can afford it — or try one of the many other awesome sparkling wines from around the world. How about a Prosecco from Italy, with its light fruitiness and playful sparkle? How about a Sekt from Germany, maybe even one made out of Riesling? Or a Cava from Spain, which is made using the Champagne Method (“methode traditionelle” or “methode champagnoise“), but costs much less? California sparkling wine also can represent a great value, as can sparklers from Oregon, Australia, and South America.

It’s been a year now, but the Young Winos’ sparkling wine video is still full of delicious suggestions for your bubbly needs. Watch it here:

We’ll be meeting at Noah and Sasha’s place in Santa Monica. The RSVP system functions like this: if you want in, you click on this link and tell me so (don’t forget your full name, e-mail address, and a cute message conveying to me your intentions). If you’re denied entry due to a meeting exceeding capacity, don’t worry — you’ll be at the top of the list the next week.

Once you’ve received your confirmation e-mail, go out and find yourself a relevant bottle of sparkling wine (or just grab a crisp $10 bill), and we’ll see you on Tuesday at 9pm!