December 26: time for annual roundups (like ours) and champagne stories:
Chow's second annual "Year in Food" feature hits all the high points in food journalism, from the death of the inventor of ramen to chocoholics who drop all their locavore pretentions when it comes to their crack.
If you're looking for sparkling wines for your Dec. 31 festivities, here are a few recommendations from the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and the San Jose Mercury-News. This year, flout international branding laws and call your bubbly "champagne," even if it's from Sonoma or Chile. Go on. Be a rebel.