Word Wednesday Wordologie: “S” is for “Saignée”

SAIGNEE BUBBLY

Today’s Wine Wednesday Wordologie is a term that pertains to rosé sparkling wine and champagnes {as well as still wines} with regards to production methods–and on a side note I must say there’s a bit of a battle about said production methods, and which one produces a superior product. In any case, let’s get right into today’s…

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Fizz Friday: Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

Time to chat sparkling wine for Fizz Friday! This week’s edition finds us in the Napa & Sonoma region with a pick from one of my favorite sparkling wineries: Gloria Ferrer. While the winery  has some still wines as well, Gloria Ferrer is well known for its wide range of sparkling options {around 8 styles in…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “S” is for “Sabrage”

Sabrage (glass of bubbly)

“Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.” At least that’s the philosophy that Napoleon Bonaparte subscribed to. And, as someone who feels that “anytime is the right  time for champagne time,” it’s a philosophy that I can certainly get with as well. Known for his flair for the dramatic, Napoleon is also known…

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Motivation Monday: Try a Little Gratefulness

gratitude heart

Hello, my bubbly loving darlings. I’m writing this post immediately after the Kehinde Wiley brunch I told you about that I co-hosted with Afro Bohemian Snob {full recap coming soon} and I am EX. HAUS. TED. My head is pounding; my feet ache; my eyes are burning; my brain is worn out; I’m sleepy; and on top of…

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Fizz Friday: Champagne Collet Demi-Sec

Collet at tasting

Today’s Fizz Friday find is from a small champagne cooperative discovered at a recent tasting that I just fell in love with: Champagne Collet Demi-Sec. Now Champagne Collet is not to be confused with Real Housewife of Orange County star Heather Dubrow’s Colette Brut. Heather’s Colette is a sparkling wine made in Napa Valley in…

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Fizz Friday Roundup: The Champ, The Loser, The Harvest, and The Little Cork That Did

Harvest in Champagne

It’s time for another #FizzFriday Fab Four Roundup bringing you the latest news, discoveries, and interesting tidbits from the world of champagne and sparkling wine. So what are you waiting for–dive right in! WINNER WINNER, WHICH CHAMPAGNE WITH DINNER? Every year there is a sparkling wine competition held in Europe to select the best champagnes…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “R” is for “Récoltant-Manipulant”

Robert Moncuit pouring

It’s time for this week’s effervescently educational installment of Wine Wednesday Wordologie, and this week we’re really gettin’ all “Frenchified” with it! But first: *insert Morpheus voice from the movie The Matrix here* ⇒ “What if I told you that approximately 80% of all of the champagne produced in France was produced by the large, well-known champagne houses?”…

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Fizz Friday Finds

Fizz Friday Main Image (2)

Greetings my bubbly loving darlings! It should comes as no surprise that today’s Fizz Friday Finds are all about the same topic of discussion from my post this past Wednesday: Prosecco! If you read my most recent Wine Wednesday Wordologie then you’ve already learned a bit about the fizzy sparkler, so there’s no reason for…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “P” is for “Prosecco”

I'll be there in a Prosecco

Just coming off of taking my WSET Level 2 course my mind is absolutely buzzing with information. In fact, even though the exam is over and done with, my mind is still is info-processing mode, so random facts and questions are still randomly popping into my mind. Hopefully writing today’s Wine Wednesday Wordologie will serve…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “P” is for “Prise de Mousse”

Bottles of wine going through the 2nd fermentation.

First you tear of the metallic foil. Then you loosen the cage and ever so gingerly loosen the cork until it gently pops out. Your pour yourself a glass and bring the flute towards your mouth. The effervescence pleasantly tickles your nose a bit. The glass comes to your lips and you take a sip of…

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Fizz Friday Finds: Bera Moscato d’Asti

Bera Moscato 2

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have not really been a big Moscato fan. Yes, I know it’s popular right now. Yes, I know a lot of people drink it. Yes, I know a lot of wineries make it. But I’ve never been one to jump on a trend just because…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “O” is for “Oenothèque”

Wine Wed Word Oenotheque 1

I have a confession to make: this week’s Word Wednesday Wordologie vocabulary term of effervescence was chosen solely because it’s just such a fun word. A fun, French word. So put on your beret; sweetly purse your lips; and let’s say this week’s word with our worst best French accent: Oenothèque {click here to learn how to say…

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Fizz Friday + Fab Four Round-up

Veuve Rich

One of my goals with #FizzFriday is to keep you bubbly lovers in tune with what’s going in the world of champagne and sparkling wine. So, this week I’m going to combine Fizz Friday post with a Fab Four for Friday roundup to hip you to some of the coolest developments and resources when it…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “N” is for “Nose”

Preston Nose Wine

We’ve all read a wine review or overheard someone talking about wine at one point or another where the  “nose” of the wine was mentioned. If you’re wondering if the “nose” of a wine is a real thing or just some pretentious, “wine snob-esque” lingo of little importance, I say this: The nose knows. At…

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Fizz Friday Finds: Bruno Paillard Champagne

Bruno Paillard (1)

Happy Friday, my fizz-loving friends! For this week’s edition of #FizzFriday I’m sharing my latest recommendation for a bubbly I’ve recently discovered that I think you should try. And, as a little twist, I’m going to start dubbing by sparkling wine picks with the hashtag #ThatsSoBubbleista. Snazzy, right? I thought you might like it! Using this hashtag…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “M” is for “Mousse”

Champagne mousse

If you’re like me then one of the things you love most about champagne is its bubbles, which will make today’s Wine Wednesday Wordologie right up your alley. “Mousse” is a tasting term that speaks to the frothiness or  how fizzy a sparkling wine seems in the mouth. It’s that delightfully creamy sensation on the…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “L” is for “Length”

Wine Wed Word Length

When drinking wine–especially at a wine tasting–we’re sometimes faced with {what can seem like} indecipherable wine lingo. While I admit that some people can occasionally get a little pretentious with it, the real purpose of wine terminology is ultimately to help the drinker figure out why they do or don’t like a wine–it helps discover preferences….

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Fizz Friday: Cuvée Vous Coucher Avec Moi?

Pierre Morlet glass and bottle

I have a confession to make: I’m on the brink of having an illicit affair with a certain type of bubbly. The object of my affection is Pinot-blend cuvées, and if loving it is wrong I don’t wanna be right. What’s a cuvée you ask? In short, a cuvée is a specific-blend base wine created to make champagne. Cuvées can…

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Fizz Friday: American Bubblies–Fourth of July Holiday Edition

Iron Horse

The Fourth of July is upon us which means {at least for many of us in the US} hosting–or being invited to–some fun fireworks & food-filled festivities, and whether it’s hotdogs, apple pie, barbecue, or any of those other quintessentially classic 4th of July American foods on the menu, there’s no other beverage that can unilaterally pair with all of them…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “H” is for “Horizontal Tasting”

Wine Wed Word Horizontal 1

It’s time to get “fizzical” with today’s effervescent Wine Wednesday Wordologie vocabulary lesson. Class is now in session! This week we’re talking wine tasting–a specific king of tasting called a “horizontal tasting.” Why should you know about {and certainly participate in!} a horizontal wine tasting? You always ask the most wonderful questions! A horizontal tasting…

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