Monthly Archives: September 2016

Savor the Harvest: Bubbles in my Dreams

We have another great entry into this month’s Challenge (#MWWC27) from Savor the Harvest, a first time entrant to the Challenge!

You can check out the post here:

Savor the Harvest: Bubbles in my Dreams

Thanks for another great post!

Color of the Bubbles – Mine Were White, Grey and Black


Champagne in the GlassMore than 3 years ago, an interesting tradition was born in the world of wine blogging (a brainchild of The Drunken Cyclist, with the help of the supporting cast of characters) – the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. Every month or so, wine bloggers en mass subject themselves to the masochistic practice of taking a random word and creating a soulful connection from that word to the beloved world of wine – all of it on a tight deadline.

Writing a post for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge (MWWC for short), I always want to put out a regular post, and then at the end, simply state “and by the way, this was written for the MWWC, ha”- just to show how easy it was. Of course, this practically never happens – like today, with the theme of our epistolary exercise been “Bubbles“, and my writing taking…

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Why Bother with Italian Bubbles?

the drunken cyclist

What really is the point of Italian sparkling wine? I mean that sincerely. What is the point? As you all know, I am a self-admitted bubble hound (after all my motto is “If it doesn’t sparkle it doesn’t matter”), but I have never really understood why anyone in the entire country of Italy even bothers to try to capture bubbles in a

I would guess that many of the sommeliers who read this blog (wait, are there any somms reading this?), are all up in arms since Franciacorta is nearly every somm’s darling go-to sparkler. Those irrepressible wine professionals love to foist the latest, the “greatest,” and above all “obscure” wines upon their hapless horde. Until relatively recently, almost everyone in the United States had never heard of Franciacorta (and even fewer could actually pronounce it).

The same is essentially true for the other region that produces traditional method wines…

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#MWWC27: Bubbles, Toil, and Trouble

The Swirling Dervish

MWWC LogoWhen I first saw the topic for September’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, my mind went immediately to the obvious:  Champagne and the other sparkling wines that we break out for celebrations, big and small.  But, I thought, that won’t be too original.  Come up with something – anything – else.  So I sat and thought about it for a while, letting my mind wander wherever it wanted.  Maybe inspiration would strike, and something eloquent and unique would flow from my pen.

What does “bubble” mean?  For someone who lives in South Florida, Las Vegas, or Arizona, the word is likely to evoke memories of the 2008 recession, when real estate values in those markets took a beating, and many people lost the equity they had built up in their homes or, perhaps, even the homes, themselves.  (Have you seen last year’s hit, “The Big Short?”)  While the economy in general…

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Loving Bubbles, Loving Life

Elizabeth Smith

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*This is my entry for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #27, #MWWC27, whose theme is BUBBLES.*

The first fizzy ‘wine’ that I remember tasting was Boone’s Farm Tickle Pink. I was (maybe) of legal drinking age and it was under $2.00 per bottle. I would pick it up for a party and end up drinking the entire bottle, awakening the next day with the most horrific headache. I was immature enough to do it more than once during my early, formative drinking years. These experiences were enough to trick me into thinking that sparkling alcoholic beverages were not my thing.

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It wasn’t until six years ago that I recall enjoying bubbles again. I had started working as the travel manager for a wine importer, Regal Wine Imports, and as a thank you, my client…

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The Original Bubbly: Blanquette de Limoux


Looking for bubbles, sparkles and fizz? Don’t call it Champagne, this is Blanquette de Limoux, from Languedoc. Time to pop the cork!


Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Palate Press about the Languedoc Outsiders, a group of winemakers from all imaginable backgrounds and locations who landed in Languedoc order to make. While researching the story, I received a note from one of the Outsider members, Caryl Panman -co-founder along with her husband Jan- of Château Rives-Blanques located near the commune of Cépie. Rives-Blanques has experienced good fortune, partly due to their creativity, tenacity and ability to suss out the natural opportunities provided by their corner of the Languedoc.

Château Rives-Blanques

Caryl is English, Jan is Dutch. They have a global background, having lived in two handfuls of countries before settling on their vineyards in France a decade ago. There they cultivate seven hectares of gobelet-trained Mauzac vines. Gobelet indicates that no wires or trellis are…

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