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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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Pour Champagne

The wrong way to pour Champagne or sparkling wine (photo by Diana Myrndorff | SXC).   There’s science in everything, including pouring a glass of Champagne. According to a new study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Champagne is a drink best poured tilted—the opposite of how most people pour it, straight…
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VALENTINE’S DAY: Sparkling Wine With Your Chocolates

If you want a sparkling wine with your Valentine’s Day chocolate—whether from Champagne or other parts of the globe—make sure it’s a sweet one. The label should say sec or demi sec. A dry Champagne (the label says brut) doesn’t go with sweet foods. And for a bargain, take a look at other bubblies outside…
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