If you're not sipping flutes of mimosas for breakfast often enough to tell a delectable pop from some overpriced, bubbly flop, have no fear. Playboy.com calls in the expert advice of NYC-based sommelier, Laura Maniec, to help you curate the most delicious, decadent champagne list your New Year's Eve ever met.
2014 never looked so golden. Happy New Year!
Blanc de Blancs is a delicate style of champagne made from 100 percent chardonnay. It is the only white grape permitted in champagne and has a refreshing green apple, pear and lime zest aroma/flavor. Try Pierre Moncuit Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs Brut NV Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger.
Rose champagne is perfect for richer-flavored food and to give as a gift or bring to a dinner party. Try Ruinart Brut NV, which boasts flavors of red cherries, tart strawberries, vanilla and hibiscus.
Made by a female winemaker in the southernmost region of Champagne, this wine is off the beaten path but definitely a wine to watch, with feminine flavors—honeysuckle, apricots, apple blossom—and a long-lasting finish.
This champagne is from one of my favorite houses and consistently produces great wine, but this is simply a steal; there are very few champagnes that deliver the quality for money that this wine does.
I love that the house of Krug are the ultimate optimists; instead of calling their wine nonvintage, they call it multivintage, which it is; their wine is in a class of its own. Barrel-fermented champagne is hard to come by; Krug is rich and decadent yet refreshing and elegant.
Sommelier Laura Maniec runs her own wine studio, Corkbuzz Wine Studio, in New York City.