Can you believe 2009 is almost over? Soon it will be 2010. I’m excited about the new year, except I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to wear those New Year’s Eve glasses, where the lenses are the ’00’ in the number. Oh well, times change! Whether you’re raising a glass of wine, champagne or milk – here’s a list of New Year’s toasts you can say:
In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want. ~ Traditional Irish toast
Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy, Happy New Year, everybody. ~ Phyllis McGinley
Here’s to us all, God bless us every one! ~ from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Here’s a toast to the future, A toast to the past, And a toast to our friends, far and near. May the future be pleasant; The past a bright dream; May our friends remain faithful and dear. ~ Anonymous
Cheers to you, Cheers to me, Have a Happy New Year’s Eve!
Beaujolais Nouveau is the most famous of the vins de primeur – wines that are permitted to be sold the same year they are harvested. Released the third Thursday of November, the BoVo seems to go hand in hand with the holiday season. It’s a lighter, fruitier wine with very little tannins.
Now, I know the bum rap that Beaujolais Nouveau gets – it’s immature, just grape juice with alcohol – but I think it’s a guilty pleasure. It’s pretty inexpensive, and since it’s meant to be served slightly chilled along with food, I think it’s a great wine for impromptu winter dinners with friends. In fact, it doesn’t even need a dinner to go along with it! Just load up a serving cart with some good bread, cheeses and a bottle or two! It appeals to the part of me that likes to snack on leftovers directly from the refrigerator, with the door open. In pajamas.
Plus, Beajolais Nouveau is a great choice for when you’re making mulled or warmed spiced wine. Because of it’s light nature, it doesn’t take on that cloying quality that some hot wine drinks have. Try topping off your next party with a few rounds of warm BoVo! You and your guests are sure to be delighted.