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Pink Bubbles for Valentine’s Day



Have you got a nice bottle of bubbly ready to be chilled for Valentine’s Day? To me, it’s every bit as important as the flowers or chocolates – or dinner out – whatever your traditions are.

And, somehow it seems to me that the bubbly should be pink. It adds that extra special, romantic touch.

Did you know that it’s not just the bubbles that make rosé Champagne different from other rosé wines? The vast majority of non-fizzy rosé or blush wines in the world are made by crushing a dark-skinned variety, such as Zinfandel, and leaving the juice in contact with the skins for a short while – until the winemaker likes the color (the juice is clear regardless of the skin color). Continue reading

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Wine Pairings for the Super Bowl!


Well, I thought I’d written about this long ago, but wrong again! And, search analytics are telling me that you want to know about wine pairings for your Super Bowl party, so I’ve been remiss.

You know, I don’t think anybody thought about this a few decades ago, so we truly are becoming a wine-drinking country! Congrats to us! Here goes:

First, my old saw no matter the occasion: Most wines and foods taste pretty good together, so serve the foods you like with the wines you like and you can’t go too far wrong.

The main wine components that can trip up your enjoyment of any pairing are high alcohol, high tannin and overdone oak. And, really heavy reds aren’t as versatile as the light to medium-bodied ones. Fortunately, if the wine is of moderate alcohol, it’s probably not too heavy either.

The most broad brush, sweeping advice I have if you’re serving several different kinds of apps or dishes is to go to my old favorite: When in doubt, serve a bubbly – or a clean, high-acid white – easy on the oak or none at all. But, I’d still put out at least token red or two because there are those who drink red no matter what. Try to avoid high-octane reds – shoot for under 14%. Better stock some beer, too, huh?

White wine goodies
If you’re doing really simple stuff like chips, popcorn, fries, onion rings and nuts whites and fizzies are really the ticket for salty foods. Haven’t we heard, ad nauseum by now, that sparkling wine and popcorn love each other? In fact, they’ll love each other a little more if you sprinkle some truffle salt on the popcorn. Adds such a nice note of elegance to offset the carnage on the screen. Nuts can go either way – red or white – they’re very wine friendly! Continue reading

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Champagne Trivia

How many bubbles in a bottle of Champagne?

It’s that sparkling time of year, once again! How about a little Champagne trivia? Cheers!

What will it be for you this year? Champagne, Cava, Prosecco…?

Answer: According to the house of Bollinger, the answer is 56 million – or thereabouts!

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Wine Trivia du Jour: Champagne and Popcorn!

When you make that bowl of popcorn for the game today, remember that Champagne or sparkling wine makes the very best pairing! You can form a “more perfect union” by sprinkling a litte truffle salt on that popcorn! Cheers!

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