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National Potato Chip Day and Wine

Today, March 14, is National Potato Chip Day. Try pairing potato chips and a sparkling wine.

What Are You Drinking for New Year’s Eve?

While drinking alcohol for New Year’s Eve or anytime use a designated driver. Be safe!

Scone Recipe Includes Bacon & Blue Cheese

Begin the New Year with this scone recipe which includes sparkling wine!

A Cava for Valentine’s Day

Try this affordable cava from J. Garcia and Carrion Winery for Valentine’s Day!

Do Sparkling Wine Glasses Make a Difference?

During the last couple years I have judged several sparkling wine competitions. For those judging sessions, the judges used white wine glasses. At home I never use a white wine glass with a sparkling wine, preferring a flute glass instead. The white wine glass does allow you to notice the aroma better than the flute. […]

Showdown of Virginia Sparkling Wines

We had another opportunity this year to judge Virginia sparkling wines. All the nine entrants were blanc de blancs. The judging was blind and we did not know until after the judging the wineries involved. Eight judges scored the wines and then ranked the wines from favorite to least favorite. The event was hosted by […]

Bonny Doon Vineyard Wines

Of the Bonny Dune wines perhaps our favorite was the 2010 Sparkling Albarino Central Coast wine produced in the traditional sparkling wine method. In my opinion, this is a good choice for Valentine’s Day.

Summertime Chilled Dessert Includes Champagne

What’s a day without a sparkling wine whether it’s champagne, cava, prosecco or any sparkling wine? Occasionally sparkling wines are used in recipes, too! Below is a recipe from the Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission for Red Raspberry Champagne Granita. It’s a chilled dessert and seems perfect for a hot summer day! Enjoy. Later I […]

My First Franciacorta

Judging cavas and sparkling wines opens access to some sparkling wines that I have not tried. One of these is Franciacorta. This sparkling wine hails from the Brescia Province, Lombardy, Italy. Like cava and champagne, franciacorta is made in the traditional method where the second fermentation takes place in the same bottle as the wine […]

Sparkling Wine Anyone?

This year seems to be the year for sparkling wines. The International Wine Tourism Conference was in Champagne, France and next year’s conference will move to Barcelona, Spain – cava country. In January, Kathy and I judged Virginia sparkling wines. Later this month, we are going to judge cavas. We are currently writing a book […]


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