So for years I had this good friend who also happened to be a priest.
This was his favorite time of the year… The Christmas Season. I am sure
it had something to do with his deep-seated faith, but I also think it had
something to do with those parishioners that made their “annual” visit.
So what does that have to do with wine? Well, those of you that know
me well know that I am on a “Bubbles” mission. And that little story is
for all of you who waited till New Years to pop that bottle. You know
who you are! You who feel the need to wait till that one occasion a year
when it is time to “celebrate”! Those of you who can go all year as a
wine believer yet, somehow, never seem to fully commit to that bottle of
bubbly. For you, the title of this blog post… Boy, are you missing out!
So my New Years resolution is the same every year. To convert all you
non-believers. To make bubbly drinkers of you all! Really! How bad
could that be? You just need to believe. There is no greater wine than
bubbly. Call it what you will from sparkling wines to those masterful
Champagnes. Your wine drinking experiences will be elevated by
drinking bubbly. I often tell the anecdote that I would always greet
dinner guests to my home with a flute of bubbly. Inevitably, the first
words out of their mouth would be “what’s the occasion”? How
powerful is a wine that the simple act of handing someone a glass of it
denotes a special moment. Try that with Chardonnay, Cab or Merlot and
you might get a “Thank You”. So why not spoil your friends and family
more often than New Years. They’re worth it.
And while we are on the subject, next time you are making that special
dinner serve bubbly. Seafood? – Bubbly! Shellfish? – Bubbly! Steak? –
Bubbly! Mac & Cheese? – Bubbly! See a pattern here? Bubbly makes
everything taste better.
And we have so many wonderful producers of great sparklers here in
the Pacific Northwest… some of the very best right here in our back
yard. Give them a shot. They are brilliantly made and represent some
of the best quality for price values you will ever find in a bottle of wine.
If you still have any doubt, sign up for my Bubbly class at Wine Events
Oregon. Yep, we know how to have fun!
Yes, my dear friends, salvation is at hand! Remember, you just have to