Making your New Year the right kind of “sparkly”


Is it that we celebrate the end to a great year; the successes, the births and marriages, promotions and special moments? Or is that we celebrate and welcome a new year; the unknown, the opportunities to come, and the surprises and achievements of the future? It is a true celebration either way.

However you choose to celebrate this year, and no matter the reason you choose to celebrate, your beverages should reflect the sophistication of you and your guests. You may need Champagne enough for an army or one special bottle to pop when the clock strikes midnight.

Choosing a bottle of sparkling wine is not a simple feat- there are so many choices to choose from. Sparkling wine is a “celebration” drink that many rarely drink more than a couple times a year so there is a lot that we don’t know about it. For example, did you know that Champagne is only technically called “Champagne” if it is from the Champagne region in France? A bubbly, or sparkling wine that is made in an alternate region may be called Prosecco (Italy), Cava (Spain), Sekt (Germany and Australia) and Spumante or Asti Spumante (Italy).

There is also confusion about the difference between a Brut sparkling wine, and the scale on which bubbly are sweeter versus dry. Like all still wines, a dryer sparkling wine normally has lower sugar levels. The driest would be a Brut Natural, Brut or an Extra Dry. And while a Dry is a nice happy-medium, and the most common choice in Champagnes and sparkling wines, Rose and Dulce are much sweeter, as they contain higher levels of sugar and are growing in popularity with the non-traditional wine drinker.

And if it’s not a “sparkly”,  pop-the-cork kind of evening you are looking for, Bremer’s offers plenty of drink recipes for any New Years crowd. Whether you’re staying at home hosting an intimate gathering, a large house party or heading out to visit with friends and family we have everything you need for stocking up. Don’t forget our 15% discount on cases of mixed sizes and brands of Champagne and wines, and a discount of 10% on cases of mixed brands and sizes of liquor. And when you wake up in 2015 and find you have bottles that are not used or opened from your celebration, Bremer’s will accept your returns in original condition.