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By the Glass

A bevy of bubbles to toast the new year

Savvy hosts know that bubbly works magic on a crowd. We can’t think of a more celebratory sound than the pop of a cork. Flutes of sparkling wine make guests feel instantly welcome, encouraging even the shy ones to mix and mingle.

If you’re looking for a spark­ler to toast the new year, you can find one from Spain (cava), France (Champagne from the region where it was invented, or cremant, from outside of Champagne), or Italy (prosecco from the Veneto or lambrusco from Emilia-Romagna). These are just a few.

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