How to host the best Champagne-filled New Year’s Eve
As we conclude 2021, Françoise Peretti, Director of Champagne Bureau UK, unveils her secrets to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with unique Champagne serves
With 2021 coming to an end soon, now is the time to reflect on what we have achieved this year, overcoming many challenges, and embrace all of the opportunities 2022 holds. Champagne is undoubtedly the number one celebratory drink and for showstopping serves this New Year’s Eve, all you need is a little creativity. These innovative ideas add an extra bit of flair and are sure prove popular with your guests.
For optimum flavour, start your New Year’s Eve festivities with a glass of your favourite Champagne style, poured in tulip-shaped glassware rather than a flute. Still featuring a narrow base but with a wider opening, a tulip-shaped glass allows the Champagne bubbles to rise and the aromas to expand and reveal all of the flavours developed for many years, often decades, in the Champagne cellars.
You can also complement your glass of Champagne with a dehydrated fruit on the side to match the Champagne’s complex flavours. Opt for dried lychees for a Champagne Blanc de Blancs (exclusively made from Chardonnay grapes), lyophilised strawberries should you lean towards a Champagne with a high proportion of Meunier, or dried figs to complement the Pinot Noir grapes.
For a savoury delight, bake parmesan crisps to go along with your favourite style. The science behind this exceptional pairing comes from ‘synergistic umami’ – the satisfactory taste created when glutamate rich foods are combined. Champagne contains free glutamate due to being aged on the lees for a long period, spanning from 15 months to a decade, and the Parmesan does also, undergoing a similar process for 24 to 30 months.
If you are thinking of spending a couple of days away this New Year’s Eve, what better place to toast to 2022 than in Champagne itself? Champagne is only three hours away from London via high-speed train. While the festivities start much earlier on, with the Habits de Lumière arts and food festival taking place from 9 to 11 of December this year, Champagne overflows with attractions until the very last day of the year. From picturesque Christmas markets, pretty lights and decorations adorning the illustrious Champagne houses on Avenue de Champagne in Epernay and Reims’ illuminated cathedral, there are many unique experiences to make this New Year’s Eve unforgettable.