Paris Grocery News
December 29th, 2011

New Years Eve in Paris is a time when the city turns from its romantic nostalgia and looks towards the future. Chic, trendy, bubbly, and bright, the streets are filled with revelers calling out ‘Bonne Anée’ and the Eiffel tower lights up the city each hour with a stunning light show. It’s a time to embrace youth, fresh ideas, and new beginnings. And no matter how you plan on bringing in the new year, we think your preparations should definitely start at the Paris Grocery. Of course this is the perfect time to pull out all the stops on your appetizers. Get creative! have fun! Use a few specialty ingredients like duck bacon or escargot to make the night special, serve up macarons and improbably light butter cookies, and dig in to the creamiest, most sumptuous cheeses . And don’t forget the champagne! Here are a few of our favorites right now, but come in to see all our options!The Paris Grocery’s handy guide to effervescent celebration  

Bubbles under $15

Perfect if you’re entertaining a group of people!



Trocadero Brut Rosé $9.99

A vivacious sparkling rosé. Fruit forward, tasting of strawberries and cherries, with immense effervescence, this wine combines the best qualities of rosés and sparklers.

Trocadero Brut Blanc de Blancs $9.99

This elegant wine is characterized by fine bubbles, crisp minerals and and a touch of toast. Floral aromas blend with citrus and pear flavors. This is our driest sparkler under $10.

Marquis de Perlade $9.99

Made in the traditional method, this sparkling wine is ideal for festive gatherings. It is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Macabeu, and Chardonnay from the wonderful Alsatian producer Pierre Sparr. Crisp, with lovely notes of green apple and a touch of honey and toast, this sparkling wine complements cheese platters, fruit and nuts beautifully.

Aimery ‘1531’ Crémant de Limoux brut rosé $14.99

with an attractive peaches-and-cream color, this cremant is a blend of chardonnay, chenin blanc and mauzac. Stone fruit flavors with a hint of hazelnut, the decent acidity balances out slight sweetness to bring together an uncomplicated but elegant sparkler.



This is the perfect price range to get a high-end champagne half bottle for an intimate celebration. Try a big name like Taittinger, Piper Heidsieck, or Drappier, or our favorite that we wrote about last month, the sweet, pink Duval-Leroy.

$30 and up

Margaine Cuvée Traditionelle N.V. Brut Champagne

The NV Brut Cuvee Traditionelle is an exceptional wine at this level. Notes of ash, chalk and crushed rocks dominate this taut, focused Champagne. Medium in body, the wine reveals tons of clarity not to mention significant pedigree. The NV Brut is mostly 2005 juice, with the addition of 40% reserve wines from vintages 2004, 2003, 1999, 1996 and 1994, 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The relatively high amount of reserve wines undoubtedly contributes to this Champagne’s complexity…Arnaud Margaine’s wines..are Champagnes of extraordinary purity and sheer elegance. Margaine farms 6.5 hectares, 90% planted to Chardonnay, the rest Pinot Noir.” 90 points Robert Parker 

Champagne Henriot NV Brut $40.00

“Firm and toasty, with hints of tropical fruit mixing with notes of quince, lemon zest, smoky mineral, ginger and white pepper. This finds a balance between its fresh, lively character and a sweet, juicy component, ending with a long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2021” 93 points, Wine Spectator


Champagne Bollinger NV Brut “Special Cuvée” $64.00

Bollinger is the one Champagne from a big house that we brought in this year; if it’s good enough for the British royal family, well, it’s good enough for us. “A rich, smoky Champagne, with hints of marzipan and fennel seed accenting honeyed malt, bread dough, baked apple, and gingersnap flavors. It’s all focused by intense acidity and refined texture, with a lingering finish.” 94 points Wine Spectator

we also love this Perrier Jouet gift set that just came in. For the same price as a bottle, get the gift bag with two signature glasses. $45.00

Non Alcoholic

don’t forget about your guests who don’t drink, your designated drivers, and the kids!

Duché de Longueville French Sparkling Cider $8.99

Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Cranberry $1.99

Roland Sparkling Apple and Blackcurrant juice $5.99
We hope this helps to get you started, and remember, you can always call ahead to get us started on cutting cheeses and slicing meats for your party trays!

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Thanks for reading, stay warm, and we’ll see you in the shop!


Steve Winston and Sharon Baden
Owners, Paris Grocery