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Label Lust: Jané Ventura Rosé Cava

My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: [...]

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J Vineyards and Winery: Sparkling Wine is Always in Season

The letter I received from California’s J Vineyards and Winery, along with a couple sample bottles of bubbles, mentioned that it’s sparkling wine season. And before I could object to this compartmentalization of my favorite category of wines to an October/November/December troika, this missive finished with a flourish: “We’re certain that once you taste these [...]

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Treveri Cellars Brut: A Washington Sparkling Wine That Goes With Everything

I was super-stoked to play matchmaker recently. With food and wine, of course. At Taste Washington (an enormous celebration of all things WA wine held over two days in Seattle) I was part of a panel charged with the task of picking Washington wines to pair with a variety of foods. Naturally, I jumped at [...]

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Valentine’s Day Poems and Matching Sparkling Rosés to Inspire

I don’t know much about poems let alone ones for Valentine’s Day. Luckily, I know Annelies from The Food Poet. We somewhat recently reconnected at the International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle, and talked about doing a little poetry and wine collaboration. I’d like to say that when we talked at IFBC in September, [...]

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Give Me Anything Fried And Sparkling Wine

This is my mantra when it comes to food and wine pairing: If it’s crispy and fried, it’s probably fantastic with sparkling wine. I further extol this ethos on my exciting return to Dabble Magazine, picking up where I left off with my “There’s an App for That” column. The editors throw an auspiciously appetizing [...]

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An Affordable Sparkling Wine For New Year’s Eve and 364 Other Days

A sparkling wine this good and this affordable cannot be confined to this one blog alone. So I was tickled to get a chance to chime in on The Reverse Wine Snob and ease all your New Year’s Eve bubbly anxiety. Just go to your local wine shop and demand a case of this racy [...]

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Caramel-Garam Masala Popcorn and Sparkling Wine

To know me is to know that I love popcorn and sparkling wine. It’s all over my social media profiles, and whenever I have to write a bio I make sure to include this pertinent detail. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to live in Seattle and be pals with Cynthia Nims. Why? [...]

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Wine on Airlines II: Sparkling Wine Not Bringing Me Down

I previously had a fine experience when it came to wine on airlines, courtesy of a cheerful glass of a French Vermentino as well as a sparkling wine, Henkell Trocken, on Lufthansa. (Details with a side of Will Ferrell and Graham Greene.) And now, armed with the knowledge to ask for sparkling wine if I [...]

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Gluten-Free Cheese Straws and Sparkling Rosé Forever

I’m not sure I should have titled this post “Gluten-Free Cheese Straws and Sparkling Rosé Forever.” Really, it was just the “Gluten-Free” part I was concerned with. Because these cheese straws and cheese crackers are so good that there’s no need to compartmentalize them. Good food is good food, period. They just happen to be [...]

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A French Sparkling Rosé That Evokes Emotion

Hey, did you hear I got nominated for a Saveur Best Food Blog Award? Yes, in the category of Best Wine or Beer Blog! This post was going to be about that exciting news. But certainly a fair number of people who haven’t read my blog before are going to discover it via Saveur. And [...]

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