Big Reds and Bubbles
by Matt Bean
“Congratulations! You made it to the end of 2020. Now it’s time to break out a bottle of something worth of that accomplishment. Lucky for you, we’ve assembled a guide to navigating the hearty reds and American sparkling wines perfect for a celebration.
2010 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut
Aging a wine on its yeast, or lees, confers complexity to a sparkling wine. Traditional Champagne must be aged at least three years, and most producers wait between five and eight. That’s why this 10-year-tirage bottle is worth seeking out. You’ll get amplified brioche characteristics along with poached quince and currants.”