When it comes to sparkling wine, let’s just say I’m not picky. No matter the bottle, grape or region, something about the first taste of those bubbles always feels luxurious. Since I’m hosting a big New Year’s Eve bash this year, I’ve literally got “15 bottles of Champagne” on the list for my next grocery trip… and that doesn’t include the the bubbly I’ll be mixing into the punch and cocktails. That said, I thought it high time I got a little more educated about everyone’s favorite fizzy drink. So with the entire Camille Styles crew in tow, we headed out to the ultra-chic new Goodall’s Bar in the luxurious Hotel Ella, where we met Alyson Anderson of Republic National Distributing Company to guide us through Champagne Tasting 101. The champagne was flowing, the hors d’oeuvres were top notch, and we all walked away from the evening feeling just a bit more prepared for December 31st festivities. Click through for the gorgeous photos by Kate Lesueur!