Totally Awesome!

Totally Awesome!

Last week we went to a new store opening in Lexington.  It was called Total Wine & More.  This is their second store in Kentucky, the other one is in Louisville.  According to their website they are located in 20 states.

I’m a big Costco fan and Trader Joe wine fan.  They have great wine available for a great price and are always very knowledgeable.  To be honest with you, if I’m at home I’m going to drink a $10 or less bottle of wine.  There’s plenty of wine that is really good for that price point.

Total Wine & More was totally awesome!  They had such a big collection of wine, beer and spirits.  For example, I’m a big Cava fan and other places may carry one or two brands of Cava.  I’m not kidding there were 20 brands at Total Wine!  I was in heaven.  I couldn’t fit them all in the photo.

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When you go, be sure to look in the glass cases.  That’s where the really good stuff is that you will want to check out.  It’s not everyday you see a $1,000 bottle of champagne in a fancy bottle!

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Total Wine is a great store.  On site they have a cigar humidor, a classroom, free wif-fi and a growler station (that has something to do with craft beer).  The coolest thing I saw was a wine chiller, in case you need a cold bottle FAST!

Be watching for wine classes.  This is totally going to be fun! xoxox

 

Flying with Bubbly

Flying with Bubbly

International travel is difficult.  Long flights, potential delays and hauling luggage around multiple airports are just a few things that happen routinely when you travel.  But you can’t get across the globe if you don’t fly to some point on the map!

I ran across this article and thought it was really interesting.  The airlines are rolling out the red carpet for first-class passengers these days.  Not so much in the coach section, but a first-class ticket is something to dream about!  Maybe one time in your life you will able to experience the luxury of a first-class trip.

Champagne is the ultimate luxury beverage.  Everything about it screams fancy.  So why wouldn’t the airlines use vintage champagne to lure customers into first-class?

 

 

 

 

 

According to a recent article from T & L:

“The change in selection is relatively unremarkable — except that Singapore Airlines also began offering the 2004 Krug to its first class passengers a few months ago.

Emirates is also giving its first class passengers a bubbly upgrade. Instead of serving the usual Dom Perignon, elite passengers on routes to Europe, the U.S. and Asia can sip on Dom Perignon 2000 P2 edition (an almost $400 bottle).

First class passengers should be aware of the “champagne wars” as airlines try to outdo each other with more expensive, luxurious offerings to lure customers.”

I’ve got a new item on my bucket list! Cheers xoxo.

 

Photos by Bing Images

 

 

 

Springtime Bubbly

Springtime Bubbly

It’s almost spring and that means that Derby is right around the corner!  Time to celebrate. Everybody knows that I love champagne but Cava is my new favorite.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cava is Spain’s twin to Italy’s Prosecco.  It’s really good and it’s so affordable.

I have a secret that I will share with you.  Cotton Candy.  Yes, that’s right, Cotton Candy is super good in your champagne.  You can buy it at any grocery.  Try it you will like it!Cheers xoxox!

 

Bubbly Salad

Bubbly Salad

You know that champagne is my favorite drink.  I love the bubbles, the color and just the overall vibe of the drink.  So when I find recipes that use champagne I get really excited and want to share!  This champagne vinaigrette is wonderful for a dinner party or just as an everyday dressing.  I always try to make my own dressing.  It’s so much better tasting and better for you.  Enjoy! xoxo

Champagne Vinaigrette

Ingredients
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup good quality olive oil

Makes enough for a salad for 6-8 people.

Bubbly Baking

Bubbly Baking

I came across the greatest recipe the other day!  I set my DRV to tape The Chew each day.  It’s not as good as when Mario Batali was a host, but I still really like it.  Clinton Kelly is awesome and always has something fun to contribute.  So when I saw this the other day and was so excited.  This will make the perfect birthday cake for me later this month! xoxo

Champagne Cake
Clinton Kelly

| Servings: 6 – 8 | easy | 45 to 60 min

Ingredients
Champagne Cake:
3 egg whites
1 and 1/3 cup cups champagne
1 (15.25-ounce) box white cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Champagne Buttercream Frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
4 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons champagne

To Assemble:
silver dragees (to garnish)

Directions
For the Champagne Cake: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease, two, 9-inch round cake pans with butter, line with parchment paper and dust with flour, tapping excess out.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add egg whites, champagne, cake mix, and oil. Mix on medium speed until fully combined, about 1-2 minutes.

Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans. Transfer to oven and bake for 23-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, trim the tops of the cakes using a serrated knife to make flat and even.

For the Champagne Buttercream Frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add butter and whip on medium speed, until smooth. With the mixer running on low, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar to the butter and increase speed to high. Add vanilla and champagne and mix until fully incorporated and the mixture is light and fluffy.

To Assemble: Place one of the cake rounds onto a cake stand or serving platter. Top with a layer of the champagne frosting, spreading evenly across the top and around the sides. Use the remaining frosting to ice the entire cake.

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Bubbles Please

Bubbles Please

I was watching The Chew the other day and Clinton Kelly made a fabulous champagne cocktail. Bubbles are great all year long but this Lemon Champagne Float will be perfect to celebrate spring!  Cheers xoxox

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Lemon Champagne Float
1/4 cup strawberry jam (divided)
1/4 cup lemon sorbet (divided)
1 cup champagne (divided)

Directions
To the bottom of four champagne glasses, add one tablespoon of strawberry jam. Top the jam with a 1 small scoop of lemon sorbet and top with champagne to serve.
Tip: Use your favorite combination of jam and sorbet to make this recipe your own!

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Wine Glass 101

Wine Glass 101

Do you ever get confused about what glass to use for different types of wine?  Red, rose, champagne, white, dessert are all types of wine that you should drink with different glasses to get the total experience.  Different glasses tickle different parts of your mouth as the wine is swallowed.  Who knew!

Here’s a photo that should help.  xoxox

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Bubbly Cupcakes

Bubbly Cupcakes

Do you have some leftover Champagne that you’re not going to drink?  Well that doesn’t happen at my house, but I thought some of you would enjoy this recipe!  Just put off the diet for another week.

Save this recipe for Valentines Day to share with your sweetie. xoxo

from Beth @The First Year Blog

Champagne Cupcakes
Yield: 12 Total Time: 1 hour

Print Recipe
Ingredients:
1 box white cake mix, plus ingredients on back of box, **replace the water with champagne
2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
4-6 tbsp champagne
4-5 cups powdered sugar
gold sprinkles
homemade gold sparklers (gold wire and gold tinsel), for decoration
Directions:

 

Preheat the oven according to the directions of the package.
Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
Prepare and bake the cake mix according to the directions on the package, however substitute the water for champagne, so if your box calls for 2/3 cup water use 2/3 cup champagne. Divide the batter evenly among the muffins cups.
Bake according to the suggested time – roughly 20-25 minutes.
Remove the cupcakes and place them on a cooling rack to cool.
When the cupcakes are cooled, prepare the frosting.
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and vegetable shortening and beat using an electric mixer until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
Add in the champagne, starting with less and adding more for stronger flavor if desired.
Begin to add the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand first, then with the electric mixer. Continue adding powdered sugar until the frosting tastes good to you.
Place the frosting in a large piping bag fit with a 1m piping tip. Push the buttercream down into the bag. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes, starting in the center of the cupcake, swirling out, and then swirling back into the center, progressively stacking the frosting as you get to the center.
Top with gold sprinkles and gold sparklers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bubbles University

Bubbles University

Do you know the difference between Prosecco and Champagne? All bubbles are not the same!  Read below so that you can dazzle others with your knowledge of all things bubbly. xoxo

Champagne Campaign vs. Prosecco Party: Do You Know the Difference?
December 11, 2017 by Emily Cappiello
First Published: December 8, 2017

There’s nothing better than walking into a party to find that the corks have been popped and the bubbly is flowing. It’s like a bottle of liquid sparkles, ready to get the party started, whatever the occasion may be. But while you may understand the different flavor profiles involved from sweet Rosé to Brut, do you really know the difference between Champagne and Prosecco?

In order to get a definitive answer, we made a call to Melissa Rockwell, direct-to-consumer sales manager for Long Island, NY-based Sparkling Pointe, manufacturer of sparkling wines located on the North Fork of Long Island. “All Champagne is sparking wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne,” she told POPSUGAR.

To start, Rockwell says, Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France and is made from either a single variety of a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Prosecco is manufactured in Northern Italy and is mostly made from the Glera grape, although it can also be made from a few other varietals. “In Europe, the wines are named after the region where the grapes are grown. All sorts of environmental factors affect your flavors, and it would be misleading to consumers to put a name on a label that isn’t where the grapes grow,” she said.

And while region is important, she did note that there are some older wineries outside of Champagne, France, like Korbel in Sonoma, CA, that do use the word “Champagne” on the products because they were “grandfathered in before these agreements went into effect.”

According to Rockwell, however, the main difference between Champagne and Proscecco is the process in which the sparkling drinks are made. She explained that Champagne is made through a process called méthode champenoise in which a base wine is created and then goes through two different fermentation processes — one in a tank, and a second directly in the bottle itself. It can take 10 years or more to produce a bottle of Champagne, allowing it to develop a complex flavor profile.

“Most sparkling wine will have méthode champenoise on the label if they use that process because there are easier ways to get bubbles that don’t taste as good,” she said. It’s also worth nothing that Prosecco, too, is fermented twice — using a charmot method. The difference here is that both times it is fermented in the tank.

As for flavor profiles, Rockwell explained that Proseccos tend to be lighter and a little less complex as Champagne and that, oftentimes, she finds them to also be a little bit sweeter. Price points differ, too. A bottle of good Champagne — not quite high-end and not quite low-end — will set you back about $40 a bottle, whereas experts note that you can get the same quality Prosecco for $13 a bottle. “There is definitely a value to Prosecco,” Rockwell said. And we couldn’t agree more.