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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas

May your holiday be filled with love and happiness and lots of bubbly! Xoxo Bubbly Horse

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.

 

 

Wrap Up

Etsy has a lot of really cool things. I came across celebrity wrapping paper. How funny to wrap your girlfriends gifts up with Kim K and the infamous champagne bottle! How about Drake? He’s an honorary wildcat!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/484774764/kim-kardashian-wrapping-paper-kardashian

Bubbly All-Day!

Bubbly Horse loves Champagne! After deciding I was finally going to do my blog I tried to incorporate things I like in my logo. Horses and Champagne!

Kate Spade has unveiled a new line that’s right up my alley. Bubbles all day! You can get the bangle, earrings and other fun items on Katespade.com. Xoxo

Bubbly for Christmas

My much-anticipated Neiman Marcus Holiday Book arrived last week.  It’s got so many cool items at all different prices.  I just love looking at it each year,  there’s so many gorgeous items!  I wanted to share one of the fantasy gifts with you. You know Bubbly Horse loves Champagne!   The price tag is $150,000 (a portion goes to charity) which makes it a true fantasy gift, but it sure is fun to read!  xoxo

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This gift is for the bubbliest personality you know. Kick things off with a first-class trip for four to Paris and a stay at Rosewood’s Hôtel de Crillon with a 12-course dinner at L’Ecrin. Next, a private car will take you to meet with the 13th-generation winegrowing family behind Armand de Brignac. Tend the vineyards, sample the reserves, stroll the private cellar, and help finish your own cuvée. End the day with a helicopter flyover of Champagne’s villages and vineyards. Then, spend the night at Domaine Les Crayères, a majestic chateau, with a dinner at the three-Michelin-star L’Assiette Champenoise before enjoying Paris for one more glorious day and night. The fun doesn’t end there. Delivered to your door: 12 bottles of each of the five Armand de Brignac champagnes to savor until your bespoke bottles are ready. And when the time comes, 24 bottles of the personally finished cuvée in wooden lacquered gift boxes inscribed with the giftee’s name or message.