Tag Archive for Sparkling

Gruet Grand Rosé

It’s summer here in the San Francisco Bay area which means that I’m wearing, jeans, a shirt, a sweater, a jacket … and I’m still cold. I’ve been assured by scholars at the University of California, Berkeley, that there’s no evidence Mark Twain actually said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San…

Champagne at a glance

I get no kick from champagne, sings the lovesick swain in Cole Porter’s jazzy song, but he’s probably in the minority on that. Most of us like the bubbles, and especially bubbles from Champagne, the French wine region that is synonymous with effervescent romance. I learned a lot on my recent trip to Champagne; here’s…

Champions of Champagne

You know you’re a Bad Mother when you post a tweet about arriving in Champagne and Child 2 responds “so THAT’S where you are!” What can I say? Life’s been a wee bit rushed lately. Indeed I am in Champagne, just in time for one of the earliest harvests on record. The trip was organized…

Craving cava

A lot of us view bubbles as bipartisan _ there’s French Champagne and then there’s all the rest. But a little exploration can open up whole new worlds of sparkling sensations from German Sekt to Italian Asti and Prosecco to Hungarian Pezsgo. OK, I haven’t actually tried that last but I could not resist the…

A taste of Champagne

The setting: An elegant reception room at the Westin St. Francis 32 stories above Union Square with a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay, Telegraph Hill and the Golden Gate Bridge. The agenda: Tasting  bubblies from some of the great houses of the Champagne region of France. The task: Coming back with some sparkling…

Wine of the Week: Woodbridge Brut Sparkling

It’s the holidays once again which means, at least according to the lady magazine I read in the dentist’s waiting room yesterday, that it’s time to buy that special sequined tank/skirt/sexy sandal that will “carry you through your whirlwind of social events.” Except my whirlwind of social events consists of going to Child One’s “Winter Concert” at…

Domaine Carneros

  This handsome property is elegantly styled in the fashion of an 18th-century French chateau. It sits on a slight prominence overlooking the gently rolling vineyards of the Carneros vineyards at the southern tip of the Napa Valley. From the front, the chateau has a staircase worthy of Cinderella _ this is a great spot…