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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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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Wine Wednesday: Ask the Bubbleista!

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I get questions about champagne all the time–in my inbox; via social media; over text message; and even in person. It happens all. the. time. “How do I open a bottle of bubbly without spraying champers everywhere?” “Isn’t all champagne the same?” “What kind of bubbly is the best for making mimosas?” “How do I…

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The Bubbleista Lifestyle: Are You a Bubbleista?

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**For the month of January I’ll be re-publishing some of my most popular post from 2015 to celebrate my 1-year blogaversary. Enjoy!* So you’re chugging right along, reading The Bubbleista blog posts, taking it all in, when all of a sudden you say to yourself: “Wait a minute. What exactly is a ‘Bubbleista’ anyway?” Well my…

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Wine Wednesday: “V” is for “Vertical Tasting”

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Welcome to what might be that last Wine Wednesday Wordologie posts {at least for 2015…maybe…}, my dears! If you read my “Hello December” post from a couple of weeks ago you know that things are in a bit of intentional transition here on the blog for the next few weeks, so the routine is definitely not…

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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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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”

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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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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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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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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”

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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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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “J” is for “Jetting”

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  Okay, first things first: today’s “Term of Effervescence” is NOT about getting on an airplane and jaunting all over the world–although, admittedly, jetting across the globe often involves sipping champagne–but rather pertains to a technological process used in creating champagne. So let’s chat briefly about “jetting.” I got super intrigued by this technique because…

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

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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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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “C” is for “Crémant”

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Welcome to #WineWednesday Wordologie, my dears! If you’ve been keeping up with the site {well you have been visiting regularly, haven’t you?!} you already know I introduced this new series a couple of weeks ago in an effort to help us all get more comfortable in our champagne knowledge by increasing our effervescent vocabulary. If you need…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie: “Balthazar”

Yep, all I need is a champagne flute...{image credit Davon D. E. Hatchett}

It’s #WineWednesday, and that means it’s time for another #Wordologie post! This is a new series that I introduced for the 1st time last week and, if preliminary feedback is any indication, it seems as though people really love it because it helps decrease the intimidation factor that champagne is often associated with. If this…

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Wine Wednesday Wordologie

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One of the things I absolutely L-O-V-E to do is to expose more people to the pleasures of sipping champagne and sparkling wine. That’s why I often go into detail when I’m doing my tasting reviews–I want bubbly lovers to be more comfortable with, and confident about drinking champagne anytime; not just for special occasions. The more…

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