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A Not Grüner Sparkling Austrian Wine at Portland’s Grüner

I had been wanting to eat at Portland Oregon’s Grüner for quite a while and finally made it. (Thank you, Sean and Mary.) Naturally, I was excited for some sparkling wine, so our table ended up with a bottle of Szigeti‘s Cuvée Prestige. I’d had their sparkling Grüner Veltliner before but this was a bird of  a different [More]

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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: [More]

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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 [More]

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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 [More]

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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, [More]

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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 [More]

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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 [More]

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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? [More]

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