Effervescent Lifestyle Tips: Wardrobe Essentials for What to Wear to Food & Wine Festivals

WHAT TO WEAR TO WINE AND FOOD FESTIVALS

Coachella has come and gone and that means one thing: spring and summer Festival Season is here! Yep, I love, love, l-o-v-e a good fest, and it should come as no surprise that I especially love the ones that are food, champagne, and wine-centric. Quite a few of them will be occurring over the course of the next…

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What in the World is The Bubbleista Drinking: “Sang et Fleurs” (Blood & Roses) Champagne Cocktail

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my What in the World is The Bubbleista Drinking?!” {#WITWITBD} microblogging posts detailing the deliciousness that I’ve discovered (and am imbibing) while out and about at bars ad restaurants that I think you, my beloved bubbly-loving darlings, will adore sipping as well. Well, you know, I…

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Effervescent Travels: Gundlach Bundschu Winery

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Hello again wine + travel lovers! My last Effervescent Travels post gave you an insider’s look at, and a review of the wines of, Altra Winery during my trip to Sonoma and Napa last spring and, as promised, I’m back for another edition of “Effervescent Travels” detailing more of my wine country adventures. This time I’m…

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St. Paddy’s Day Sip: The “Emerald Isle Fizz” Champagne Cocktail

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    St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching which means it’s time to break out the three-leaf clovers, leprechauns, corned beef & cabbage, pots of gold, and green beer! *record scratch* Green beer? Listen, it’s a well known fact that I love all things effervescent, but if I must drink green fizz to celebrate an…

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Effervescent Travels: Altra Winery in Napa

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I am feeling a bit wistful. This time last year I was preparing to embark on a marvelous week-long visit to Napa, California and I was absolutely giddy with excitement. It was a girls trip–I was traveling with one of my wine-loving girlfriends, and the plan was to experience as much relaxation and wine country…

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The Year of The Rooster: 8 Ways to Fabulously Celebrate Chinese New Year All Yearlong

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Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Rooster, bubbly lovers! It’s time to celebrate Chinese New Year, but it should come as no surprise that in #BubbleistaLand we’ll be commemorating it in our own special fashion. There are several traditions that are observed in honor of the Lunar New Year such as New Year’s Eve Dinner and…

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Pop + Fizz: A Popcorn Recipe & Wine Pairing Perfect for a Night of Scandal

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Where my Scandal lovers at?! In just a couple of days we will once again be captivated by the magic that is #TGIT–Thank God It’s Thursday–with one of the most anticipated lineups on television: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. Loyal viewers have been been waiting This post, however, is really focused…

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What’s Poppin’ In 2017: Expect Bubbleista Land Fun In The New Year

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What’s poppin’, my bubbly lovers! Welcome to 2017! Whether your 2016 was glorious or, well, less than so, there’s one undeniable fact: you made it through to see a new year. In addition to a brand new 365 days, guess what else there is to celebrate? It’s my 2-year BLOG-A-VERSARY! That’s right, on January 5, 2014,…

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What Are You Drinking New Year’s Eve: 15 Bubbly Picks to Ring in the New Year

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*singing* What are you doing Neeeeewwwww Yeeeeeeear’s Eve… Well if you’re as obsessed with sparkling wine as I am, what you’ll be doing is planning to drink copious amounts of bubbly! You know that I am a huge believer in drinking champagne every day, for no special reason at all, but there’s no escaping the fact…

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Flashback Friday + Fizzy Friday: “Twas The Night Before Christmas” The Champagne Remix

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Embed from Getty Images ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, The Bubbleista was trying not to wake up her spouse. I hung all the stockings by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas would put champagne in there. I knew it was time to get all snug in my bed; But visions…

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A Fizzy Friday Flashback: ABS “Picking The Right Sparkling Wine” Video

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Happy #FizzyFriday, darlings! Today’s post is a Flashback Friday special that’s all about fizz {no surprise there!}, and is just in time for the holidays! Two years ago I had the privilege of being asked to partner with the fabulous brand and business Afro Bohemian Snob and give my sparkling wine and champagne picks that are perfect…

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The Ultimate Champagne Lovers Gift Guide Volume II

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  IIIIIIIII’m dreaming of a buuuuu-bbly Christmas…and I bet you are {or someone you love is!} dreaming of one, too. Well, my loves, The Bubbleista to the rescue to help you achieve all your Christmas dreams! Last year I created what I dubbed as  my Christmas gift to you, “The Ultimate Champagne Lovers Gift Guide,” where I…

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Fizz Friday: Gloria Ferrer “Glorious Bites” Appetizer Challenge reacap

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Hello, my bubbly loving peeps! If you’ve been keeping up with me the last couple of weeks the you know I was selected as one of six regional semi-finalist for the Gloria Ferrer Winery “Glorious Bites” Appetizer Challenge. The event was held in Austin, Texas 2 weeks ago and it was truly a wonderful experience! Here are all six of…

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Fab Four for Fizzy Friday: The Best Champagne-centric Links for September 2016

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Welcome to the latest edition of Fab Four for Friday where I give you the best and most interesting tidbits of news and inspiration from the world of champagne and sparkling wine! As per usual I have spent the last few weeks scouring the *internets* to provide you with awesome links perfect for your weekend reading,…

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Babies, Breezes, Birthdays, and (Glorious) Bites: What A Fabulous September

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September is one of the best months of the year in my {un}humble opinion. It’s still technically summer, but the weather has cooled a bit. The flow of energy shifts a little to a less hectic pace as things wind down. And with the impending changing of the season, the atmosphere itself just seems to…

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Vive La Rebellion! A Bubbly “Coupe” d’état: 7 Fabulous & Chic Champagne Coupes

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I once told a friend of mine that I consider myself a peculiar kind of rebel. You know what I’m talking about: that one person who shows up “looking out of place” to the “Save the Whales” rally wearing an absolutely adorable sundress; hair in a neat little top knot; wearing those cute Longchamp sandals picked…

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What’s the Fig Deal? Figs, Fizz, and a Fab New Adventure

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Greetings, bubble lovers! Things have been busy on a personal front over here in #BubbleistaLand. One of the biggest changes is that Mr. Bubbleista and I recently moved into a lovely, updated 1960’s abode that was absolutely built for entertaining {perfect for a effervescent-lifestyle living Bubbleista!}. Housed on a corner lot at the beginning of a quiet…

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Fizzy Friday Fab Four Links Round-up: July Champagne & Food News Edition

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Is it just me, or does the intensity to eat and drink well intensify during the summer? I chalk it up to the fact that people are generally feeling more social and convivial during the warmer months. After all, with all of the hanging out pool side; summer holidays; picnics; celebrations; and gatherings, food and…

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Throwback/Flashback: That Time The Bubbleista was a Finalist in Beringer Wines “Great Steak Challenge” Cooking Competition

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I know what you’re thinking: “What? The Bubbleista…cooks?” Yes darlings, it’s true–this girl can really rock it in the kitchen. You didn’t think all I did was sip bubbly, did you? {wink} Here’s a bit of the backstory: my mother taught me how to cook, and I loved it right from the start. I had…

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Independence Day, the Remix: Host a French-Inspired Bastille Day Party

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Didn’t get your party on quite enough in celebrating the red, white and blue? How about celebrating the bleu, blanc, and rouge as a festive reprise? Although we Americans certainly know how to revel in our Independence Day festivities, the French aren’t too shabby in hosting their own independence holiday festivities called Bastille Day. It…

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