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Liquor Stores Savor New Year's Eve

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – One of the oldest traditions to go along with celebrating New Year’s Eve is the ceremonial toast at midnight.  So, needless to say, local liquor stores have been quite busy this holiday season.

“We’ve been busy the last 60 days,” said Jeffrey Wooddy, the general manager at Rochambeau Wines and Liquors in Dobbs Ferry.  “We work every day from Nov. 1 to Christmas Day. All four of us are here every day, including Sunday.”

Chris Yuhas of Rockwood and Perry Fine Wine and Spirits in Hastings said he annually sees about a 30 percent increase in business before New Year’s Eve. With so many people filing in and out of the store leading up to the ball drop, the most popular item can be described in just one word.

“Bubbles,” Wooddy said.  “It’s mostly Champagne or Champagne-like wines.”

Yuhas also said Champagne is the hot ticket item for New Year’s Eve.  If you’re looking for cheaper alternatives to expensive Champagne, Yuhas recommends Prosecco, which is “a very trendy sparkling wine.”

Prices can vary depending on what it is you’re looking for, but there’s definitely something for every budget, he said.

“We have everything,” Wooddy said.  “I go all the way down to $7.99 and all the way up to $220.”

While local liquor stores expect it to be busy on New Year’s Eve, Wooddy said the shopping is a lot quicker than the ample preparation that goes into Christmas, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving.

“Before New Year’s Eve it’s somebody coming in and saying 'I have a train to catch, I’m going into the City, give me a bottle of this, a bottle of this put it in a gift bag and I’ll see you next week.'”

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