What began as a lark during the Yuletide season of 2007 and 2008, that is, the 12 days of Christmas from Christmas Day (December 25) to Twelfth Night (January 5), evolved into a hallowed tradition on this blog. Tomorrow, then, I start the seventh edition, for 2013 and 2014, of “The Twelve Days of Christmas with Champagne and Sparkling Wine.” Each day I will post an entry about a bottle of, obviously, Champagne, the real stuff, or a sparkling wine from another wine-producing region of the world; part of my motivation is to persuade consumers that other sorts of sparkling wines are also “the real stuff.” My constant effort is not only in the service of quality but of the interesting and occasionally the unusual. Prices will range from the affordable to the eye-popping, but that’s the nature of the product. In all these years, I have never repeated a product, though I have used (and will again) different labels from the same house or estate or winery. Over six years, 116 Champagnes and sparkling wines have appeared in this series, and while the quick and astute among My Readers will assert that 6 x 12 = 72, for the posts on New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night, I typically mention three or four products in the way of providing choices and clearing up the roster. So, Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas, and don’t forget to check this blog each day for the latest post along the way of this annual festive time when the days begin to get longer and one year turns into another. Cheers!

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