I am currently sitting in a beautiful townhouse condominium in Whistler, British Columbia. R and I arrived last night for our annual trek to Cornucopia, a big wine and food celebration. Our first party last night was a welcome party sponsored by Washington wineries. This gave us an opportunity to start out slowly sipping some of our favorites and to try out a few new wines from our home state.
As we left the party last night a few tiny snowflakes were falling but by the time we’d finished our after-party-bite-to-eat at Araxi it had let up. Still we were hopeful that we might see snow this morning as the weather forecast predicted we’d get some overnight, although it would turn to rain in the later in the morning.
I woke up to 6” of snow and two hours later, at 8:30, it is still coming down in huge heavy flakes! Woo hoo! And why exactly am I telling you all this? Because it has me in the perfect mood to introduce December’s Wine Blogging Wednesday theme!
December is all about celebrations and friends and family. And how best to celebrate but with a lovely sparkling beverage? Now I know we just did French Champagne a couple months ago when Sam hosted WBW. And I love Champagne but there is a whole world of sparkling wines just waiting to be sipped and sampled! And that is exactly what we are going to do for December.
WBW#28: Festive Sparkling Wines
Here are the “rules” then. Choose a sparkling wine that is anything but Champagne. That means it can be produced anywhere except the Champagne region in France. Let’s think about Italy with its Prosecco, Asti and Franciacorta; Spain with its Cava; California, Oregon, Washington and many other states have sparklers made from traditional grapes – or not; Australia has recently introduced us to “Black Bubbles” – sparkling Shiraz; and even France has sparklers other than Champagne, Cremant for instance.
So the wine can be white, rose or red but it must sparkle and it cannot be from Champagne.
To add just a bit more interest to this event and to help your fellow bloggers and readers out a bit, I’d also like you to categorize the wine into one of three categories:
- Party Sparklers – Bargain sparklers that if you needed several bottles for a party wouldn’t break your budget but you wouldn’t be embarrassed to serve
- Special Sparklers – those bottles that might be a bit higher cost but for a little splurge you think they are worth the price
- Duds – you tried a bottle, thought it held promise but when it comes down to it you wouldn’t buy it again. Hopefully we won’t have many in this category!
Post your entry on Wednesday, December 13th and then send me an email at SeattleCulinaryFool AT hotmail.com
In your message please include the following:
- Your name
- Blog name and url
- Post url
- Wine name
- Wine region
- Category: Party, Special or Dud
Okay, you have your assignment – now go out and start your research!
And while you are out on the web, make sure you check Kitchen Chick’s summary of November’s WBW – it’s all about Ice Wines!
I’ll have the summary post up as soon as possible after the event – my goal will be to have it complete by Friday December 15th although it may take me until Saturday if you all go out and drink like you should!
It’s French, it’s sparkling, it’s not Champagne
Preparing for Wine Blogging Wednesday – Part I
Preparing for Wine Blogging Wednesday – Part II
Preparing for Wine Blogging Wednesday – Part III
Preparing for Wine Blogging Wednesday – Part IV
Preparing for Wine Blogging Wednesday – Part V