TIP OF THE DAY: Champagne Cocktails

The easy way out is to uncork the Champagne, pour and serve. The fun way is to offer a menu of Champagne cocktails. When it comes to New Year’s Eve cocktails, we have a favorite: Champagne or other bubbly mixed with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, a French import made by a family-owned Parisian company. At…
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RECIPE: Holiday Sorbet Cocktail

We spent much of the weekend enjoying limited-edition, seasonal batch flavors from Ciao Bella Gelato: Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet, Montebianco Gelato and Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato. Cranberry Prosecco Gelato. No matter how stuffed you may be from a big holiday dinner, there’s always room for sorbet. Ciao Bella’s Cranberry Prosecco Sorbet marries sweet-tart cranberry sorbet…
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Oysters & Champagne

Oysters and bubbly are not just for New Year’s Eve. Oysters on the half shell are a favorite in Ireland. While they’re popular bar food with a beer, you can create a real celebration with sparkling wine. Whether with Champagne or the lighter and more affordable Cava and Prosecco sparklers, invite friends over to toast…
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TIP OF THE DAY: A Cocktail Or Dessert Of Champagne & Sorbet

Add the right fruit sorbet to the right sparkling wine: delicious! Photo courtesy Domaine Chandon.   September is California Wine Month. The first sustained California vineyard was planted in 1779 by Franciscan missionaries, at Mission San Juan Capistrano (in southern California, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego). The first documented imported vines (from Europe)…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Save On Champagne With A Different Sparkling Wine

Woodbridge Brut is creamy, yeasty and citrussy with a touch of sweetness that enables it to be paired with desserts as well as savory foods—including the Thanksgiving turkey. Photo courtesy Robert Mondavi.   Holiday celebrations often mean a bottle of bubbly, including Champagne, which is made only in the Champagne region of northeast France. Every…
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