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Now that Christmas is over, the final stretch of holiday season continues with New Years Eve!
To be honest, most years my NYE consists of staying home with my closest friends, drinking champagne and eating pizza and Chinese food. This year Doug and I are getting out of the house and doing a fun bar crawl in Santa Monica, then heading home to watch the ball drop! But no matter if I’m staying in or going out for a night on the town, I always do two things: get dressed up and drink Champagne.
3 Things to Know About Champagne
Before you go out to the store to buy your bubbly to ring in the new year, here are 3 things to know about “Champagne.”
- Unless you’re drinking a sparkling wine that comes from the Champagne region of France, you are not technically drinking Champagne. In order for a wine to be considered a champagne, the grapes must come from this region and follow a long list of rules and regulations, which is why it’s so dang expensive. Personally, I’m not at all offended when people call sparkling wine a champagne and sometimes do it myself. It’s easier to say and sounds better than “sparkling wine,” so I can’t even blame ya! I mean, can you imagine your bachelorette party shirts saying “sparkling wine campaign?” Nah. If you’re looking for a cheaper but equally tasty sparkling wine, try Cava, Prosecco or California sparkling wines.
- In champagnes and sparkling wines, the bigger the bubbles, the bigger the headache. Higher quality sparkling wines and champagnes typically have smaller bubbles (and MORE bubbles) than lower quality wines, so opt for bottles with smaller bubbles! Your friends and your future hangover (or lack-thereof) will thank you.
- These words will help you determine how sweet a Champagne or sparkling wine is: Brut, Demi-Sec, Doux. Not all champagne and sparkling wine is sweet! Brut wines are going to be dry, Demi-sec wines will be a little sweet, and Doux wines will be the sweetest. Keep these fancy words in mind when you shop for your next bottle of bubbly to help you choose the level of sweetness in your glass.
If you’re not into the champs, try one of these 4 varietals that are perfect for this time of year!
New Years Eve Outfit Idea
Now that we’re all set on the basics of Champagne, here’s some inspiration for your New Years Eve outfit! Scroll to see the full look and shop.
SHOP MY LOOK
Outfit details: Jeans, Express on sale for $39.95 | Bodysuit, JustFab– similar here, here and plus size here | Faux fur vest, old- similar here, and plus size here | Vortex crystal choker, BaubleBar on sale for $18 | Metallic clutch, JustFab– similar here, love this one too | Shoes, Charlotte Russe on sale for $20
It’s been pretty chilly in LA lately, so this faux fur vest is definitely going to come in handy on NYE! I really can not believe that 2017 is coming to an end, but I’m so excited to ring in the new year with a glass of sparkling Gewurztraminer in hand.
I’d love to hear what you all are doing this New Years Eve! Tell me what you’re up to and what you’ll be sipping on in the comments below.
Thanks so much for reading and sharing.