Champagne

New Years Cheers

N E W Y E A R S C H E E R S

For most of us, the end of the year is a rush to meet deadlines and make numbers. Catching up with family during Thanksgiving and Christmas can present its own brand of unique anxiety. Thankfully, New Years is the decompression valve. Whether you squeeze into that glitzy gown for the grand ball or prefer dinner with close friends, this is the holiday to share your favorites before you attempt to dry out in January. With this in mind, I asked some of the lovely, party goers at Advintage to see what they would want to drink if the world were to end when the ball drops. (Remember Y2K?) I also wanted to find out what they will really be drinking. As always, the poll returned some pretty fascinating answers…

END OF THE WORLD WINE | 2017 Mas del Serral
”This is one of those wines that reminds me of why I got into the business in the first place. This is the perfect example of a wine that you remember exactly where you were, and who you were with when you drank it. From the incredible story behind its production, to a finished product unlike anything I’ve had before. The wine is fascinating on so many levels. I could spend all night trying to pinpoint its complexities and still never come to a conclusion.”
WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR | Laherte-Freres Rose de Meunier
”I’m a sucker for Meunier in Champagne. It always brings an element of surprise and character to the wines, which I think makes it fun for a celebratory occasion. With this being 100% Meunier blended three different ways, it has all the personality needed to kick off any New Year party up a notch.” - Austin Benoit, Greenville Sales

END OF THE WORLD WINE
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for white Chateaneuf du Pape after discovering and sipping with our best friends in Florida many years ago. I would pick Chateau Gigognan Chateanuf du Pape Blanc for my Y2K wine! The mouthfeel, body weight, and aromas amaze my palate and nose. There is something new in every sip as the wine comes to temperature. This wine transcends me to this particular time and place with great memories, great friends and fabulous food.”
WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR
”New Year’s Even celebrations always include bubbles. Nyetimber Classic Cuvee! The briny and crisp essence scream oysters on the half shell. Cheers!” - Gayle Schiffer, Triad Sales

END OF THE WORLD WINE
“Y2K again? Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne 2005. Why? Considered one of the most prestigious Domaines on the hill of Corton, this wine has graced the tables at Queen Elizabeth’s birthdays. Perhaps a predictable choice for a person they call ‘Chard-Marge’, but if I’m going out in a Y2K fantasy, I’ll be drinking like a queen.” And Chave Hermiatage Blanc 2012. Why? It’s like Jamie Walters once said, ‘How do you talk to an angel? How do you catch a falling star?’ … only a few bottles remain of this rare gem from a 16th generation wine dynasty. Aged 6 years in the bottle, 100-year-old Marsanne vines blended with Roussanne. Is it fleshy? Is it sticky? Is it oxidizd? Only me and the stars will find out.”
WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR | Deiss Grand Cru Schoenbourg Riesling 2013
”Why? Alsace holds a near and dear place in my heart. I got to experience this place on a family vacation; rich in charm and history, surrounded by lush green hillsides, memories of my mom sneaking ripe fruit from the vine and declaring it the most delicious grape she’s ever had. This place is truly special. Additionally, and all snappiness aside, Jean-Michel Deiss is a total renegade badass, and this wine would be killer with some New Year’s Day Chinese food.” - Margot Schmidt, Charleston Sales

END OF THE WORLD WINE + WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR
”For Y2K, or any other year for that matter, I would probably choose Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova. Brunello is my favorite wine. My family usually drinks Brunello when we get together to celebrate something, but especially around the holidays. We aren’t Italian, we just collect it and we have a tradition of making spaghetti for dinner because my grandfather used to make it, and we do it as an homage to him. We’ve passed down his sauce recipe and all of us have developed our own takes on it. He passed away on New Year’s Day a few years ago, so we celebrate him as a family by having spaghetti and Bruenllo as a New Year’s tradition. I’m sure I’ll be doing the same this year.” - Zach Broyles, Greenville/Sparkle City Sales

END OF THE WORLD WINE | Harlan
”…and I’m sure that’s going to be several other employees’ answers as well, but oh well. Once I asked Henri if I could buy one of the allocated 2011 bottles to give to my dad for Father’s Day; instead, he just gave one to me. My dad was very grateful, because not only does he like to collect rare things, but he likes a good red wine (he always says he likes the muddiest red he can find). His remaining siblings and their significant others came from Colorado for the eclipse last year, and we decided to open the bottle for the occasion; even though we never actually saw the event due to the weather, the bottle was the highlight of the day, and made it memorable nonetheless.”
WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR
”All that being said … I’ll probably buy a bottle of Huet Petillant (which I’ve done the last 2 years) because it’s quite good for the price, and share it with Krystal because nobody else that we’re friends with likes sparkling wine.” - Jayme Grebenc, Warehouse Supervisor

END OF THE YEAR WINE
”For my last wine every I’m taking it back to a classic! Reynolds Stags Leap Merlot. I started my wine career learning about Napa from Steve, and I can’t think of another way to honor my career. His Merlot is a classic, it doesn’t fade, it pleases your palate and it leaves you wanting another sip.”
WHAT I’LL BE DRINKING THIS YEAR
”New Year’s Eve, I’m drinking Henriot Brut Souverain. I had the honor of having this wine with my accounts and Gilles at a luncheon this fall. This wine won my heart. Perfectly balanced with a clean crisp finish! However - I’m probably the one bringing the toast bubbles for NYE - so my friends will be drinking Los Monteros Cava! Perfect go-to and best bang for your buck! It’s my house bubbles and I serve it at every “in your 30’s oblication parties” I throw (Baby showers, wedding showers, house warming parties, divorce parties, etc). Served it at my own wedding!” -JDub, Sales in the B’s

HAVE FUN & SEE YOU IN 2019!