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White Plains Wine Expert Offers Bubbly Picks For New Year's Eve

Ned Towle, Founder of Westchester Wine School.
Ned Towle, Founder of Westchester Wine School. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Ready to toast 2014 and ring in 2015? Sommelier (and Hastings resident) Ned Towle, Founder of Westchester Wine School which holds classes throughout White Plains and Manhattan, gave Daily Voice the following sparkling suggestions.

  • Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs , either the vintage or non vintage varieties: "This is an outstanding champagne and features both delicacy and finesse," said Towle. It ranges from $70 to $120 per bottle.
  • Gruet : Grown in New Mexico by a French family, this slightly fruity medium to full body wine is less on the acidity and yeast side like champagne and more on the fruit and mineral side, and is consistently good according to Towle; from $20 to 25 a bottle.
  • Banfi Winery Rosa Regale 2012: "Sparkling wines are festive but rose sparkling wines are extra festive," said Towle. This is an an off dry sparkling wine meaning there is some sweetness to it. Sells for about $15 per bottle.
  • Gruet Brut NV: This is another Towle favorite, sold as a rosé or a "Blanc de Noirs," which means it is made of Pinot Noir grapes. It sells for about $15 per bottle.
  • Cavas from Spain and Proseccos from Italy are always popular but a favorite is Moscato d'Asti from Italy. he's also quite fond of La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti Bricco Quaglia, a crisp vintage (get the 2013) that's full of  fruit flowers, perfume, and. "It's  not a food wine," he warned, "But an apéritif wine. It's knock-your-socks-off aromatic!" Expect to pay about $16.

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