Napa Valley experts share New Year’s Eve wine picks

by TrevR on December 19, 2011

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The Napa Valley is synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon, but ringing in the new year often means having something a bit different in the glass.

When it’s time to toast a special occasion our go-to local sparkler is the Schramberg Blanc de Blancs, which is delicious by itself and pairs well with seafood and hard cheeses.

Of course, there are plenty of local experts that have their own New Year’s Eve wine pairing tips and suggestions to share…

We hand picked a group of wine directors and Sommeliers from some of the valley’s most prestigious restaurants to offer up their picks for New Year’s Eve wine.

“If somehow, I was off that night I would stay at home and open a top red Burgundy. The 2005 Dujac “Charmes Chambertin” comes to mind. Dujac is one of my favorite Burgundy producers, and the elegance of the Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru would be balanced with the power of the 2005 vintage.” –Kris Margerum, wine director, Auberge du Soleil

“I usually get home just before midnight and toast in the New Year with a glass of Roederer L’Ermitage and go to bed, so I can be back for inventory first thing on the 1st. Restaurant life is very glamorous.” –Jim Gallagher, wine director, Cole’s Chop House

“I am very excited about Grower-Champagnes, or as they are known in France, “Récoltant-Manipulant”. These are artisanal producers that grow their own fruit and produce tiny quantities of very high-quality wine. Egly-Ouriet, Gaston Chiquet and Pierre Peters are just a few of my favorites.” –Dennis Kelly, Head Sommelier, The French Laundry

“Charles Heidsieck Brut Milliseme 2000 Champagne. I love Charles Heidsieck.” –Jeff Creamer, wine director, Brix

“…when I ring in the New Year, I love to pour my guests old Schramsberg, a Napa Valley original. For me it carries a sense of home and a nod to years past. It’s not always about pairing a wine for a moment, one needs to take into account the place, situation, guests; everything.” –Michael Ireland, wine director, The Restaurant at Meadowood

What will be in your glass as you ring in 2012?

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