‘Tis The Season To Drink Bolli! Fizz Friday Holiday Edition

Bollinger Special Cuvee

My bubbly lovers–hello, darlings! I hope this holiday season is going swimmingly for you so far. Indeed, ’tis actually been going swimmingly for me as I’ve been happily up to my ears and doing the breast stroke in champagne! As you may know, last week I attended the first of several champagne tasting events that are typically held…

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The Bubbleista interviewed for “An Appealing Plan”

Krayl Funch wearing memories

I’m so accustomed to being the interviewer–but last week I got the chance to be the interviewee for the blog of one of my Champagne Sisters, Krayl Funch of “An Appealing Plan.” Knowing that Krayl loves champagne like I do {she authored a lovely book on entertaining of the same name as her blog}, it took…

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The Ultimate Champagne Lovers Gift Guide

Double Champagne Travel Case (resized)

You confidently pride yourself on your gift-giving abilities. In fact, you have a well-earned, sterling reputation for always finding just the right distinctive, amazing gifts for your family, friends, and colleagues that delights and excites the recipients every. Single. Time. You, my dear, are “the gift whisperer.” But this year there’s one gift recipient that has…

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Fizz Friday: Fab Four Roundup

Armand de Brignac Blanc de Noirs

It’s “Fri-Yay,” my dears! With Thanksgiving being literally right around the corner, this week’s Fizz Friday fabulousness is perfect for gearing you up for celebrating the holidays in effervescent style. Let’s get on with it, shall we? {1} ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE SIPPING Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? Even though it snuck…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “V” is for “Vintage”

The elusive, often heard of but seldom seen 1985 Rare Vintage Rosé {photo © Jamie Glover Dabbs}

Have you ever looked at a champagne label, seen the word “vintage,” and thought to yourself “Why in the world would I want to drink wine that was 20 or 25 years old?” Couture lovers know that the typical rule is that clothing is considered vintage once it hits the 25-year mark. But we’re talking…

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Fizz Friday: Jean Laurent Blanc de Noir Brut

Jean Laurent Blanc de Noir

Happy Friday, my dears! It’s the end of the week, so it’s time to talk fizzy fabulousness. The holidays are quickly approaching {Can you believe they are almost here already?}, so I’ve decided I’m going to focus Fizz Friday posts for the next several weeks on the holidays. For example, the bubbly picks will be…

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Fizz Friday Fab Four: Links Round-up

Woman chugging champagne

We made it through another week, loves! Time to celebrate by diving right into another edition of link love for Fizz Friday that’s sure to tickle your bubbly fancy: {1} It seems that popping the cork on that bottle of bubbly just may have more benefits in store for you that you think. Can you…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “V” is for “Vigneron”

Champagne de Vignerons sign

Happy Wednesday, my bubbly loving darlings! Today’s Wine Wednesday Wordologie is connected to not 1 but 2 previous Wordologie posts. I just love it when the “effervescent education post fairies” link things up like that! Read on to get the gist of what I’m talking about: So remember that Wine Wednesday Wordologie post I did on…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “T” is for “Transversage”

Wine Wed Word Transversage gen

Happy #WineWednesday, darlings! I’m finally recovering and getting back into the blogging swing after having a gloooorious holiday in Los Angeles to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic {recap coming soon} and galavanting around the city of angels. Now that I’m back in Bubbleista work mode, let’s jump into today’s Wordologie lesson! If you’ve been…

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Fizz Friday: Global Champagne Day 2015

Champagne Day ecard

Yes it’s Fizz Friday, but did you also know that today is Global Champagne Day, my dears?! While it’s true that a real Bubbleista never really needs a special holiday to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, Global Champagne Day is a wonderful reason to have for raising a glass {or three} in festive celebration. Created just…

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Fizz Friday: The Bubbleista’s LA Takeover

{image courtesy of Upscale Living magazine}

  Hello my bubbly loving darlings! Today I am preempting my regular Fizz Friday post to do a little travel–I’m LA bound, baby! I’m headed to the West Coast for a fun weekend to include attending the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles.Wondering what’s in store for me this weekend? Here’s a little synopsis:…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “T” is for “Tête de Cuvée”

Wine Wed Word Tete de cuvee gen 2

It’s Wine Wednesday my dears, and that means it time for another Wordologie terminology lesson to help you step up your effervescent vocabulary game! Today’s term is: In French the term “tête” means “head” and the term “cuvée” means blend {well come through then, high school and college French lessons!}. Therefore, Tête de Cuvée = “head…

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“The Veuve of My Life:” The Veuve Clicqout 2015 Mail Truck Tour Recap

Veuve Perfect Pic Grove

*I’m thinking about launching a Periscope channel to scope my champagne adventures. Scroll to the end of the post for more details* Who needs a food truck when there’s a champagne truck rolling through town? Well you’ll be thrilled to know that Veuve Clicquot is on the move again with it’s 2015 National Tour. Of course…

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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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