Domestic Sparkling Wines to Clink-Clink in the New Year

Fizzy wine has undergone a transformation of late. It’s becoming more popular and being made in new ways. Plus, such bottles are more often popped outside the confines of the “celebrations” that traditionally call for sparkling wine (specifically Champ…

Fizzy wine has undergone a transformation of late. It’s becoming more popular and being made in new ways. Plus, such bottles are more often popped outside the confines of the “celebrations” that traditionally call for sparkling wine (specifically Champagne).

And while we would never write off proper French Champagne (in fact, one of us aged spirits correspondents celebrated a milestone birthday last week with a bottle of Moussé Fils Blanc de Noirs, which has taste and refinement a person can only ever hope to have), another sparkling wine we’ve loved lately was not so formal: a bubbly rosé from Lieb Cellars. Barely blush in color, tasting of stone fruit and mushrooms, it couldn’t have been more different than Champagne. Unexpected, crisp, subtle, and truly special, it would’ve been just as welcome at a celebration dinner as it was to day-drink on a pleasant afternoon.

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Why My Favorite NYE Tradition Revolves Around the Coffee Table

I absolutely adore getting to know other families’ quirky holiday traditions, how they came to be, and how they’ve clung to them throughout the years.

Some can be objectively inconsequential, but they stick, because of the little memories trapped insi…

I absolutely adore getting to know other families’ quirky holiday traditions, how they came to be, and how they’ve clung to them throughout the years.

Some can be objectively inconsequential, but they stick, because of the little memories trapped inside the motions. Even if the sequels lose the thrill of the original, we find ourselves in a cycle of repetition because we’re chasing that nostalgia high.

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15 New Year’s Food Traditions From Around the World

We have a very, er, specific New Year’s Eve food tradition in my household.

It’s an elaborate shrimp tree, and my mother and I spend hours constructing it each year. There’s the day-of, panicked search for the correctly shaped and perfectly sized foam…

We have a very, er, specific New Year's Eve food tradition in my household.

It's an elaborate shrimp tree, and my mother and I spend hours constructing it each year. There's the day-of, panicked search for the correctly shaped and perfectly sized foam cone, which somehow always gets tossed away during the year prior. There's the painstaking affixing of curly kale leaves to said foam cone (once procured), in the style of a full Christmas tree. There's the careful preparation of a perfectly seasoned cocktail sauce. And then, just before our New Year's Eve party starts, there's the pinning of each individual shrimp to the tree, using colorful toothpicks, to look like a wrap-around garland.

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How to Turn a Solo New Year’s Eve Into a Party for One

A solo New Year’s Eve presents an unexpectedly wonderful opportunity. Because for one special evening, it’s all about you—no matter what anyone says. All. About. You.
I will be celebrating a solitary New Year’s Eve myself this year, far from friends a…

A solo New Year’s Eve presents an unexpectedly wonderful opportunity. Because for one special evening, it’s all about you—no matter what anyone says. All. About. You.

I will be celebrating a solitary New Year’s Eve myself this year, far from friends and family. Here’s my recipe for making it a great one.

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48 Cheers-Worthy Recipes for New Year’s Eve

Just as New Year’s Eve is the time to break out that velvet suit, sparkly dress, feather boa, what have you—it’s also the time to treat yourself to over-the-top ingredients, from caviar to champagne. And if your NYE plans involve little more than Netflix and pajamas (honestly, you’re winning), all the more reason to cook up something special and toast to another year in the books.


Appetizers, Lots of ‘Em

1. Crispy Garlic Dip

A very fuss-free take on onion dip. You just, ahem, skip the onions (which take around an hour to caramelize) and swap in crispy garlic.

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Just as New Year's Eve is the time to break out that velvet suit, sparkly dress, feather boa, what have you—it's also the time to treat yourself to over-the-top ingredients, from caviar to champagne. And if your NYE plans involve little more than Netflix and pajamas (honestly, you're winning), all the more reason to cook up something special and toast to another year in the books.


Appetizers, Lots of 'Em

1. Crispy Garlic Dip

A very fuss-free take on onion dip. You just, ahem, skip the onions (which take around an hour to caramelize) and swap in crispy garlic.

Read More >>