WHAT BET­TER WAY TO START THE EVENING

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—or end it—than with an im­pec­ca­ble, ut­terly re­li­able Cham­pagne? Equal parts Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Me­u­nier, Pol Roger Brut Re­serve

(LCBO 217158, $67.65) has a medium weight and a cer­tain rich­ness, show­ing yeasty, bis­cu­ity notes among ap­ple and pear flavours. A pre­cise bal­ance makes it the ideal bub­bly for both an aper­i­tif and toast­ing the New Year at mid­night.

Move to an off-dry Ries­ling for the first course of roasted pear salad—per­haps Vineland Es­tates El­e­va­tion St. Ur­ban Vine­yard VQA

(VIN­TAGES ES­SEN­TIALS 38117, $19.95). As with so many sal­ads, the dress­ing in­flu­ences the match. This clas­sic wine from Ni­a­gara’s old­est Ries­ling vine­yard has the acid­ity to cut through the egg-yolk flavour of Cam­bo­zola while its juicy cit­rus and peach notes echo the sweet per­fume of the pears.

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