'Tis the season for celebration and festivity, and what
beverage better to enjoy these special occasions with family and friends than
champagne -- effervescent in the glass, tingling on the tip of your nose, and
bursting on the palate with a crisp, spritzy one-of-a-kind sensation! The family-owned,
142-year-old Duval-Leroy produces a half-dozen classically elegant champagnes.
The non-vintage brut -- the house champagne of August and Peristyle restaurants
-- is a blend of 75 percent Pinot Noir and 25 percent Chardonnay grapes, with
an appealing toasty edge, citrus and appley flavors and a refreshing acidity in
the finish. Enjoy with smoked salmon, duck pate, caviar, crabmeat, shrimp and
lobster dishes. Available at Dorignac's, Martin Wine Cellar Uptown, Elio's Wine
Warehouse, Antonio's Wine Cellar on the West Bank, Sav-A-Center on Tchoupitoulas
Street, The Wine Seller and the new Chateau Wine Cellars and Cafe on Williams
Boulevard., corner of 39th Street in Kenner.