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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Couture Liquor

Couture Liquor

I’m sure that you’ve seen and probably tasted all the flavored liquors that are on the market.  Cinnamon, honey and vanilla are just some of the flavors you can find.  UncommonGoods is a great catalog that I received.  You may remember the Himalyian salt tequila glasses that I posted several weeks ago.  Very unique items and this is no exception!

Check out this kit to make your own flavored liquor.  Forget about home brew beer, this is much better! xoxo

https://www.uncommongoods.com/product/at-home-liquor-infusion-kit

 

Ultra Glam Travel

Ultra Glam Travel

T&L recently had an article on the best hotel bars in the world.  If you are fortunate to be in one of these places, you have to visit.  Talk about feeling like a million bucks!  Wait until you see these photos. Wowee! I’ve been to a couple of these places and I totally agree.  Order a glass of bubbly and you can be Princess for the day! xoxox

http://www.travelandleisure.com/food-drink/bars-clubs/coolest-hotel-bars?xid=NL_TLDaily120717&utm_medium=email&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_campaign=daily-transporter&utm_content=2017120722PM#living-room-bar-at-w-south-beach-in-miami

Egg-Free Eggnog

Some people just don’t like eggs.  Or some people are vegans.  Whatever the case I came across this recipe that I thought you might like.  xoxo

 

Rebecca Firkser December 11, 2017

Start out with 4 cups unsweetened cashew or almond milk—you can make your own if you want, but it ultimately won’t make or break your eggnog. Pour the milk into a blender. Next, shake up another can of full-fat coconut milk, open it, and add the contents to the blender.

Add 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon allspice, ¼ teaspoon cloves, and 2 pinches of fine sea salt into the blender. Blend the mixture until well combined and frothy. Transfer the mixture to the fridge and let it chill for at least a few hours.

 

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.

 

 

Santa’s Cocktail

Santa’s Cocktail

Christmas is a time to be festive and serve great food and cool cocktails.  Throw the diets out the door and whip up some cocktails that Santa would serve!  The Chew (Clinton Kelly my favorite!) served some great looking cherry margaritas today that I thought you would like.  xoxo

Ingredients
Cherry Margarita:
2.5 ounces silver tequila
1.25 ounces orange liqueur
1 ounce fresh lime juice (plus extra for rim)
2 ounces tart cherry juice
2 tablespoons Kosher salt (for glass rim)
lime wedges (to garnish)

Directions

For the Cherry Margarita: Dip the rims of the glasses in lime juice and then dip in salt. Fill glasses with ice and set aside.
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and cherry juice. Cover and shake until fully combined. Strain mixture evenly between prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.
Tip: For a tasty twist, try this margarita with pomegranate juice instead of tart cherry!

 

 

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.