Chard So Hard: Celebrate International Chardonnay Day Blanc de Blancs Champagne Style

Champagne Guiborat

Just when you sobered up from International Wine Day a couple of days ago, here comes International Chardonnay Day! One of the things I love most about Chardonnay is the many expressions the grape can exhibit depending on the area the grape was grown (the soil), the gr0wing conditions (the weather), and, of course, the skillful hands of…

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Champagne Valentin Leflaive Rosé review

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“It was a meeting of the minds that was bound to produce something extraordinary: a friendship between two hedonists, two men steeped in the Art of Wine making, two men with a profound attachment to their vineyards. Between them, they created Champagne Valentin Leflaive.” After an introduction like that, do I really even need to…

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Âme Restaurant Dallas: French “Soul” Meets Chic Indian Cuisine

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FACT: I had THE best Indian food and meal of my life at a small, family-owned restaurant in London, England in 2004. FACT: part of that meal included a ceramic pot of tandoori fish curry that was so incredible that my brother and I STILL wax poetically about it to this day. FACT: I think I…

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Bubbleista Effervescent Education: The Art of Pairing Champagne and Foods

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Hey bubbly lovers, it’s time to dive into another lesson from the Bubbleista’s  Effervescent Education series! For today’s #ChampagneTedTalk we going to have a mini lesson with tips on how to *best* pair champagne with food! You ready? Let’s go! I’m sure you guys have heard this pairing advice before: “Champagne goes with everything!“ While…

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Five for Ten: 5 Tasty Sparkling Roses for $10.00 to Celebrate National Rosé Day

$10 Sparkling Rosés for National Rosé Day

It’s National Rosé Day! Honestly though, it might as well be called “Rosé Day 365″ because the meteoric rise in rosé’s popularity over the last several years has made it widely “acceptable” for year-round drinking. I placed an emphasis on the word acceptable because, as a “dance to the beat of my own drum” kind of girl,…

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Get Yourself Barred: Air’s Champagne Parlor in NYC

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know that back in October I was invited by my girl Kachet Jackson-Henderson {as part of a graciously hosted Alaska Airlines trip for influencers and bloggers} on a trip to New York for the official grand opening of the flagship Nordstrom NYC. Well, while we had plenty of fun…

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Pol Roger Portfolio Champagne Tasting & Bubbleista Wine Review

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I absolutely love this time of year: in November and December there is always a huge uptick in champagne tasting event hosted by producers, distributors, restaurants, and retailers due to the upcoming holidays–and, they also hope, a resulting huge uptick in increased wine sales. So far be it from me to not avail myself of as many of these…

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The Ultimate Champagne Lovers Holiday Gift Guide: Volume V

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In typing this title for this year’s annual post it just hit me: I’ve been doing “The Ultimate Gift Guide for Champagne Lovers” for 5 years…FIVE. WHOLE. YEARS! For the last 5 consecutive years, I have searched high and low to find twelve (in a nod to the 12 Days of Christmas) exciting, exquisite, enchantingly effervescent champagne-oriented…

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Get Yourself Canned: The 10 Best Sparkling Wines in a Can

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Having been looked at with curiosity, side-eyes, and a bit of dubiousness in the past, wines in a can are really having a moment right now. No longer just for beer and sodas, wine of all sorts are “popping up” all over the place housed in metal cans. I remember the first time I encountered wine…

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Wine Travel Fabulous: JCB Tasting Lounge in Napa

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As a bubbly and wine lover, going to “wine country” anywhere always feels like home for both my heart and palate. And since jaunting to Napa (and Sonoma) several years ago was my very first foray into wine travel, each and every time I visit it’s feel like I’m right where I belong. The sheer number of exquisite wineries,…

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A Bubbleista Champagne Pop-Up: “Champagne & Crustaceans”

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  Okay, raise your hand if you have ever been intimidated by wine…? Yep, I’m sure almost all of you reading this have been! I mean, at one point or another most of us have found ourselves staring at a wine list; at a dinner party or event with several courses paired with several different wines; or…

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What In The World Is The Bubbleista Drinking (#WITWITBD): “La Palomimosa”

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As a champagne loving kind of girl, it should go without saying that I do loves me the quintessential bubbly brunch cocktail known as the mimosa. Although I really do dig them, this girl is also quite staunchly anti-status quo which means I’m also always looking for ways to switch and mix things up to…

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“Fizz It!” or “Forget It!” Wine Review: Champagne Vieille France Rosé by Charles de Cazanove

Champagne Vieilles brut rose

The Bubbleista is back with another edition of “Fizz It or Forget It!” where I give you the full effervescent 411 on champagne brands to help you decide which bubbles are worth giving a try (Fizz It!) or skipping on by (Forget It!). Today I’m reviewing Champagne Vieille France by Charles de Cazanove. Charles de Cazanove started out as a family…

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“Fizz It!” or “Forget It!” Wine Reviews: “Cuvée Cartier” Rosé Brut Champagne by Vranken

Cartier Champagne and peonies

Welcome to a brand spankin’ new blog series call “Fizz it or Forget it!” where I do champagne and sparkling wine reviews designed give you, my sweet and darling bubbly lovers, recommendations designed to help you decide whether or not you should try that bottle of champagne you’ve been curious about. Having said that, if there’s a bottle…

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Bubbleista Approved Travel Pick: Effervescence Champagne Bar New Orleans

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Bubbly lovers, I’ve gotten your feedback, requests, and questions–and I’m here to let you know I’m listening! That said, in an effort to delight you as requested, I’m going to start sharing more of my #BubbleistaApproved “effervescent picks” of the most fab food & drink spots, places to stay, and things to do that I often discover when I…

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I’m Seeing Red! Amazing Sparkling Red Wines

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As the self-dubbed “Champagne Evangelist” it is no surprise that I absolutely love, love, LOVE champagne, but the real deal is that I am crazy about almost anything that’s effervescent. Yep, if it’s got bubbles, then 9 times out of 10 I’m ’bout it–or at least down to try it! Because of that I’m always on a…

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Issa Wine Pordy! Tips to Host Your Own ‘Insecure’ Wine Down Season Finale Watch Party

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Can you believe there is only one more episode of Insecure left this season? And it’s been a whirlwind these last two months. Between the show’s Emmy nod, Lawrence’s (surprise) return, Kelli peeing her pants, Dro’s wife popping up pregnant, Nathan going straight ghost and the show already being renewed for a fourth season, lovers of HBO’s hit…

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What In The World Is The Bubbleista Drinking: The “Sparkly Rosérita”

WITWITBD Roserita Codigo flatlay

The warm weather is fully upon us, so you know what that means: it’s officially rose season, baby! This means it’s time to drink rosé in as many forms as we can get our thirsty little hands on. So whether you like your rosé still, sparkling, frozen, or on the rocks Rosé Piscine style, it’s…

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Celebrate National Bubbly Day! The Perfect Sparkling Wines For This Effervescent Holiday

Bubbly Day 2018 Cote Mas Rose

Saturday, June 2 is National Bubbly Day, and  of course I just COULD NOT let the day pass without celebrating it in true Bubbleista fashion by popping some bottles! I have to be honest though, this “holiday” almost slipped right by me {HUGE thanks and shout out to my girl Kachet of The Kachet Life for…

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Bubbleista Champagne Pop-Up: Stop & Smell the Rosés

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After spending well over a year talking about it, I finally decided to BE ABOUT IT! I launched The Bubbleista website in January of 2015 thinking it would just be a fun source of inspiration, aspiration, and an outlet for me to talk about one of my “most favorite-est” things in the world: champagne {check…

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