Wine of the Week: NV Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain

   Do you really need an excuse to drink Champagne? I would say no, but if your answer is yes, Friday is Global Champagne Day, a great reason for a celebration.

   One bottle that’s a good choice for any festive occasion – be it Champagne Day, New Year’s Eve or Wednesday night – is the non-vintage Champagne Henriot Brut Champagne ($55). Pour a glass and you’ll notice the vigorous bubbles. On the palate, the wine is rich and finely textured, with bright apple and brioche flavors and a creamy note.

   In general, Champagne should be served at 47 to 50 degrees; if you store the bottle on its side in the fridge for at least four hours, that should do the trick. When opening the bottle, point it away from everyone and remove the foil and wire cage, while keeping your hand over the cork. Then, with your hand firmly grasping the cork, gently rotate the bottle (not the cork) with your other hand. It’s tempting to go for a big “pop,” but you should ease the cork out with barely a sound.