Farmer Fizz and Farmer Food #Winophiles

Important Champagne Advice: FaRMer Fizz – When you’re in the wine shop and you can’t remember the secret code, think: RM puts the faRMer in faRMer fizz. French #Winophiles Celebrate Champagne! Thanks to some excellent planning on Christy Majors‘ part, our French #Winophiles blogging group is exploring the Champagne region during the celebration-heavy month of … Continue reading

Our Saber Crisis #MWWC18

Monthly Wine Writing Challenge 18 #MWWC18 After several months away, I’m jumping back into the game with the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge group.  The premise is simple: a friendly challenge among the group to write on the topic for the month. Votes are tallied (remember, no wagering) and a winner emerges.  The winner chooses the … Continue reading

Sparkling New Years!

Going out for New Years?  Stopping by the liquor store / wine shop / grocery store for a bottle on the way? Here’s a last minute primer on picking up your sparkling wine. Champagne Champagne producers in France want you to know: It’s only Champagne if it’s produced from the Champagne region in France. Champagne … Continue reading

Holiday Oysters & Champagne

Do you have a Christmas Day tradition?  After all the pre-Christmas family events, our usual Christmas day is easy and unstructured.  During a visit to the Walrus and the Carpenter in Seattle over Thanksgiving, we found our young adult children both liked oysters on the half shell.  A new Christmas tradition is born: Oysters and … Continue reading

#ChampagneDay 2013

We have fun celebrating these internet based theme days for various wines.  One of our favorites is #ChampagneDay because it’s a great excuse to make the day an occasion.  It appears that #ChampagneDay is the last Friday in October, because it was also on a Friday last year.  Wow, just like Thanksgiving and Easter!  Anyway, … Continue reading

Champagne Stopper: These Things Work!

Just a quick post tonight.  Get a Champagne stopper, they actually work.  Note: this post should not be confused with another post I need to write: “Aerators: a Waste of Money!” We don’t usually need a stopper, as we rarely fail to finish a bottle of sparkling wine.  Somehow, they just seem to disappear.  Occasionally, … Continue reading

Champagne Season

Every year at this time, Surdyk’s has one or two “bubbly” tasting nights.  They have local wine distributors hosting tables with a variety of sparkling wines, all at sale pricing.  We have embraced sparkling wines this year as a nice part of almost any gathering.  One of our local distributors, The Wine Company, has really … Continue reading

#ChampagneDay: Domaine Chartogne-Taillet & Oysters!

Champagne Day is one of those made-up holidays; on October 26 people around the world open a bottle of champagne (only the real stuff) and tweet about their experiences.  I didn’t even know it was #ChampagneDay last Friday until I saw a tweet about it mid-day.  After a busy work week, we grabbed the opportunity … Continue reading

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