All That Sparkles Is Not Champagne

By Contributing Food Editor Jared Levan Dear New Years Party People, There are few occasions quite like New Year’s Eve and whether you’re staying in for the night this Saturday or hitting the town, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate a year gone by. After all, 2011 brought us so many great things…Before we get started, there’s one I’d like you to remember. Not all bottles are created equal, so before you hit up the holiday party circuit–and we know you will be–here are some basics you should know. Once you’ve successfully reached the “sparkling wine” section of any…

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