In the land of the legendary cocktail party, the ritual of the New Year’s Eve bash is the most highly anticipated of the year… and no beverage pairs better with your celebration than a perfectly bubbly glass of Champagne.

Best Champagne for New Year's Eve

Debating the best Champagne to serve your guests as you ring in 2017? Don’t fret; we asked The Breakers’ Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to share her three favorite sips…

Moët & Chandon “Grand Vintage” Brut Champagne, Épernay, France, 2006

A blend of 43% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir and 19% Pinot Meunier, this bubbly has notes of lemon, toasted brioche and yellow apple. Hints of yellow flower and chamomile add to the succulent, creamy and rich profile.

Mumm “Cuvée R. Lalou” Champagne, Reims, France, 2002

This Prestige Cuvée was made as a tribute to René Lalou, master winemaker and chairman of G. H. Mumm for more than half a century. This elegant Champagne is made from an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown in some of the most legendary Grand Cru Vineyards of the region. Full bodied flavors of nougat, orange blossom and honey are followed by a crisp, clean finish.

And if you’re looking to splurge for that special someone…

Krug “Grande Cuvée,” Reims, France, M/V

Johann-Joseph Krug established his own Champagne house in 1843. This Multi Vintage Cuvée de Prestige is a blend of approximately 35% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier. It displays notes of almond, ripe pear, biscuit, and baked apple with an elegant and long finish.

Cheers to a wonderful 2017!

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  1. TrentQZelmar Dec 28, 2016 / 01:05 am

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Debating the best wine to serve with your Thanksgiving feast? Don’t fret; we asked The Breakers’ Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to share her wine pairing recommendations.

Sippin' Advice: Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Here are Virginia’s top wine selections to sip with your Thanksgiving meal…

White: Gewurztraminer from California or Alsace, France

This medium bodied spicy white wine is a perfect match for Thanksgiving turkey or ham and all the accompaniments. The melon, honey and apple overtones in the wine work well with sweet potatoes or yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

White: Pinot Gris from Alsace, France or Oregon

Another excellent pairing to accompany your Thanksgiving favorites, Pinot Gris is actually the same grape as the highly consumed Pinot Grigio. So what’s the difference? The taste. Pinot Grigio stylistically is more crisp and light. Pinot Gris, grown in these warmer climates, takes on a more medium bodied weight. The complexity shifts to more intense flavors of Bosque pear, peach and apricot.

Red: Cru Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages from Burgundy, France

This light bodied red wine is a perfect fit for lighter fare such as turkey. Jammy Jolly Rancher flavors of red strawberry, cherry and raspberry compliment the hint of earth in the wine. Cru Beaujolais, the higher end of the two wines, can easily taste like red burgundy.

Red: Grenache from USA, France or Australia (or called Garnacha from Spain)

Another delicious red, this varietal is rich and lush with soft, spicy notes of candied red apple, lush plum and bright cherry. A Grenache blend—such as a Côtes du Rhône from France, Betts & Scholl from Australia or Bonny Doon’s from California—packs tons of juicy ripe fruits and will work well with both turkey and side dishes. 

From our family to yours, wishing you a
delicious day and a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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12 Jul 2016

Sitting by the pool wedding planning with your bridesmaids this summer? Spice up your afternoon with a rich and fruity cocktail: Red Wine Sangria.

Cocktail Recipe: Red Wine Sangria

Hosting a summer wedding? Consider adding this flavorful drink as a signature cocktail! Yum… Until then, mix it up at home with our recipe below.

What You’ll Need:
• 1 Bottle of Red Wine (we recommend Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
• 1 Lemon cut into wedges
• 1 Orange cut into wedges
• 2 Tablespoons sugar
• 1 Shot of Brandy
• 1 Cup of Sprite

How to: 
• Pour wine in the pitcher and then squeeze the juice from lemon and orange wedges into the wine
• Toss in the fruit wedges
• Add sugar and brandy
• Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving

For extra pizzaz…
Consider adding pineapple chunks, sliced strawberries or peaches, a handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries or kiwi, and an extra shot of brandy, gin or rum.

Share your creation: If you whip up the Red Sangria at home – or use any of
our Something To Sip On recipes – snap a
photo & upload it to our Facebook page!

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01 Mar 2016

Our team is always looking for a fun twist on the honored tradition of “something blue.”

When a recent bride and groom asked for a blue signature cocktail, we turned to Banquet Beverage Manager John Kao who created a delicious cocktail that’s a colorful take on the classic French 75. Meet the Blue 75…

Blue 75 Cocktail at The Breakers - Sip Your 'Something Blue'

Whip up the “Blue 75” at home…

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 oz. Berry Vodka
  • 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Dash Simple Syrup
  • 4 oz .Sparkling Wine

How To:
Combine first four ingredients in a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a red raspberry or cherry (before you pour in the sparkling wine) and serve with a smile!

{If you make an Blue 75 at home – or use any of our Something To Sip On
recipes – take a photo and share it to our Facebook page}

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