We all have our festive wine rituals. For me it’s red wine with the Christmas meal, white wine on New Year’s Eve for the réveillon and for at least a few days after that because I am French after all. In France, throughout January, we have events to celebrate the New Year and the Maires (the mayors),of cities, towns and villages throw little receptions to give us their voeux ( their best wishes of health, prosperity, happiness and so on) . I am not a Maire but I still like to keep the tradition.
New Year’s Eve is a big deal in France. We have a réveillon, which is like a big banquet quite late at night and for which we dress up a lot. And we dance until the early ( or sometimes not so early) hours of the morning. It’s all explained in detail in this blogpost from French Moments
We spend a lot on food: typically seafood: oysters, langoustines, crab, the kind of things Mr Bean is very much struggling to eat when he gets to the Restaurant in Gare de Lyon and follows the “ plateau de fruits de mer” recommendation… (just type Mr Bean French Restaurant in Youtube)
Salmon is also very popular. And also a certain type of goose pâté that shall remain nameless ( but you can find an excellent vegetarian alternative recipe here) And yes, we sometimes do eat snails too on New Year’s Eve. All of these call for white wine. Dry white wine for the seafood, sweet white wine for the pâté I should not mention any further.
Obviously you greet your guests with some petit fours and Champagne and the Champagne can go with all the above too. And if you want something similar to Champagne then the Armance Brut will do the perfect job.
So, get some white wine ( start on your New Year resolutions by getting some organic wine) , some posh outfits, a bunch of friends, a few cotillions and confetti and party away!