A New Year’s Eve Toast

New Years Eve is often a time for family and friends to get together so that they can see out the old year and greet the new one.

As midnight approaches it is not uncommon for a bottle of champagne to be opened to toast in the New Year, usually accompanied by Jules Holland’s Hootenanny on the BBC.  I am reminded of a bottle of Champagne that has been resting in my wine rack since 2005.  It is a remnant of one of my formerly annual coach trips to the continent which usually occurred in early November around the time of my birthday.  In 2005 we visited the historic town of Rheims and one of the excursions was to Maison Ruinart.

Maison Ruinart was established in 1729 by Nicolas Ruinart and is the oldest established champagne house.  We were taken on a tour of the cellars and were told of the fine art of producing champagne.    As the wine ferments and matures it is housed in underground “Crayères”.  These are chalk tunnels from former Gallo-Roman chalk quarries underneath the city of Rheims that were acquired by Ruinart in 1768.  Their depth is up to 38 metres and there are 8 kilometres of galleries on three levels.  The Crayères offer the benefits of a stable temperature, no vibrations and perfect humidity to allow the wine to ferment and slowly mature.  The wine bottles are painstakingly turned a quarter of a turn periodically by hand.

The tour ended with a generous tasting of three different types of Ruinart champagne.  I was particularly taken with their Rose champagne, so I indulged and came away with two bottles.  One was opened on Christmas day that year and the other was saved for a special occasion.  The last few years have had their ups and downs so those special occasions didn’t happen in the way they perhaps should have.  My becoming a lady of a certain age, last November would have been the perfect occasion but due to being away in Bruges I completely forgot about the champagne.

I know our time zones are all different so midnight will bring in the New Year at different times for each of us but what better occasion than tonight, ‘New Years Eve’, to crack the bottle open as midnight turns in the UK.   I will raise my glass to friends, old and new, and of course not forgetting absent friends.

CHEERS!!  I raise my glass to you.  Thank you for sharing life’s journey with me, I hope that any troubles from 2011 will fade into distant memory and I wish you, your family and friends a happy, healthy and peaceful 2012.

xxx

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One thought on “A New Year’s Eve Toast

  1. I hope we all will have a great 2012, with lots of friendship between V&V souls
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

    What a beautiful way to usher in the New Year! I never knew that about the way in which champagne is housed and fermented and produced. So interesting….
    And – I like the idea of raising my glass at midnite UK time. I can then use that as the excuse and reason…and go to bed at my more reasonable hour.
    Happy New Year!!!!
    December 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarcie

    LOL at Marcie being able to go to bed at a decent hour. But too bad for Astrid and me, since that would mean staying up till 1 a.m. our time. How about we just toast you earlier in the evening, along with several others from our retirement community. These old geezers (talk about a “certain age!”) really love to celebrate. 🙂

    Gotta love your image…enough champagne for all of us! 😀
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    What a way to end/start a year…..
    It was great meeting you in September.
    It is too bad we cannot toast in person with all of our friends around the world, that means we would be drunk after 24 hours 🙂 and that is NOT a good way to start 2012.
    Happy New Year to you and Mark.
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

    I will celebrate a toast on UK time with you. I think i will be watching Jules Holland. I heard that this year a Dutch singer will perform: Caro Emerald.
    Happy New Year !!
    December 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterPetra

    I rarely go anywhere special or stay up to ‘toast’ the new year…so I’ll just say “Happy New Year” to all right now!!!
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Well, Cherry, 4:00 pm in the afternoon is a bit early to begin toasting here…but I’ll do it! Usually, though, we begin toasting when the ball drops Times Square in New York, Then we can be in bed by 9:30 our time. (We’re past a certain age, you know!) Happy New Year to All.
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    I love champagne! 🙂 Best wishes to you and yours! And all the best to all the V&V ladies as well! Don’t get too drunk! LOL!
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersil

    a bubbly bit of fun information ending with just the right note in a toast to all of us who love life!

    happy new year.
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    Cheers to you, Cherry, and a very happy new year for you and all of us at V&V and who comes here.
    Champagne is always good!
    December 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Thanks everyone 🙂 We did crack open the bubbly and listen to Jules, Cara Emerald has a magnificent voice.
    January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Happy New Year’s to you all! I was in bed by 11:00 but woken up at midnight by fireworks, that my dogs started barking at. I hope everyone is feeling well and chipper this morning!
    January 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    A toast to you too and all the best that 2012 will bring!
    January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    Cheers to you, and all the best in the New Year!
    January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Cheers and a good year 2012 to you!
    January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJozica @ Creatissimo

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