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…

Read More »

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

Sang et Fleur image 6

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…

Read More »

Effervescent Travels: Gundlach Bundschu Winery

IMG_1058

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…

Read More »

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

Emerald Isle Champagne Cocktail meme image

    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…

Read More »

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

IMG_3033

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…

Read More »

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

img_2228

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…

Read More »

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

vnyl-champagne-garden-adrien-grenier

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,…

Read More »

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

god-created-virgo-2

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…

Read More »

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

Fig recipe fizzy

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…

Read More »

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

Beringer 5 (Davon putting steak grill)

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…

Read More »

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

Bastille Day (great table display w cheese)

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…

Read More »

Fab Four For Friday Links Round-up: Champagne on Ice Edition

Moet Ice Imperial Bubbles Bar Liverpool

Just in time for your Fourth of July holiday grilling activities are some “hot links” {Get it? Hot links? People barbecue for the 4th? Ah hell, never mind.} for your long weekend reading pleasure. I just made a post on Instagram this week about trying Moet Ice Impérial for the very first time and then, as kismet…

Read More »

“Sugah” & Champagne: Bubbly and Donut Pairings for National Donut Day

Schrams Creme Brulee (revised 2)

**Thanks to National Donut day always being honored on the 1st Friday of June, it will always fall on a Fizz Friday! Check out my re-post from 2015! So what do you do when #NationalDonutDay {or #NationalDoughnutDay} falls on a #FizzFriday? If you’re The Bubbleista you effortlessly combine the two and do a champagne and doughnut…

Read More »

Stop and Smell the Rosés! The Bubbleista’s Rosé picks of the Season, PART 1

Rose Chateau Thuerry

The weather has gotten warmer… The sun is making regular appearances… Sleeves–and hemlines–are getting shorter… Thoughts are irresistibly turning to sitting pool and ocean-side… Yep, it’s officially rosé season! I attended my 1st {of many!} rosé wine tasting of the season recently and came across some real gems! I’m always delighted by the fact that there are always…

Read More »

7 Things You Should Know About Tequila to Celebrate National Tequila Day Right

Deleon tequila

      **we preempt our regularly scheduled Fizz Friday post in honor of National Tequila Day** Everyone knows that The Bubbleista loves a good tipple {a peak at my Instagram page will show you that}, including those of the non-sparkling variety. If I’m going to have a cocktail I want it to be a…

Read More »

Fizz Friday: The “Champagne Sunrise Luxe” Cocktail

La Pinta and cocktails

I just returned from a lovely, leisurely, luxury vacay in Mexico a couple of weeks ago and I promise that when I close my eyes I can still smell the surf; feel my body floating in the ocean; see the coral-colored sunsets; and taste the {numerous} pomegranate margaritas I sipped with abandon while lounging on my oceanfront…

Read More »

Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “C” is {also} for “Cava”

Wine Wedn Word General Promo

It’s Wednesday, and that means time for another #WineWednesday Wordologie, my dears! Last week’s #Wordologie edition found us delving into “C” vocab territory and, as I mentioned then, I decided we’d hang out with this letter for just a bit longer, hence the inclusion of “also” in my lovely little title. We’ve been at this…

Read More »

Break Out of That Wine Rut! 3 Out of the Ordinary picks for Spring & Summer Sipping {Plus it’s #40Wines40Days #WineWednesday!}

{image courtesy of www.winefugitive.com}

It’s so easy to fall into a routine isn’t it? Get up at the same time everyday…travel the same route to and fro…go to the same lunch spot for pot roast Tuesdays…yep, we get real nice and comfy in familiarity. We wine lovers can get into a rut, too. We find a few bottles that we really like and…

Read More »

Bubble Me Baby: Perrier-Jouët Champagne Happy Hour

Bottle after bottle of perfectly chilled Perrier Jouet. {image credit Davon D. E. Hatchett}

I just love it when my CGA orchestrate things in my favor. You know, CGA–champagne guardian angel. While most people have 1 guardian angel to guide, watch over, and nudge them in the right direction, some of us who are champagne-fixated are blessed with an extra one. This 2nd angel knows and understands that I was born with…

Read More »

40 Wines 40 Days Recap 3: Racy & Refined Reds

{image courtesy of Cape Ardor South African Wine Importers}

The last #40Wines40Days post covered the wild & wondrous white wines I tasted from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, so now it’s time to recap the racy & refined reds that I got to sip at the tasting. Before we get to the tasting though, how about we start off with a little “Effervescent Education” first?…

Read More »