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Delights of sparkling wine

Bubbles, whether in a glass or a tub, make life worth living. How many of you out there have never experienced champagne and strawberries? My 78-year-old mother tried it last month for the first time in her life. In fact she loved it so much we had to do it all over again the next day. When I managed to get over the shock of not knowing this about her, she explained that bubbles and berries were supposed to be enjoyed with a romantic partner on special occasions. Hogwash… I say. Pour yourself a bath, load it with your favorite scent or bubbles, light some candles and add a bottle of sparkling nectar and fresh local berries. Invite someone to join you or climb in alone, either way you will float off to place worth visiting over and over again. Be it Champagne, Prosecco or Sparkling Wine, don’t wait to enjoy any of these and if you can’t come up with a reason yourself, here are a few suggestions for both the place and the product.

My daughter and her girlfriend spent an afternoon together last week, un-intentionally brain storming a sunny day idea. They set up an inflatable outdoor pool in the backyard, filled it with bubbles, set up a table in the middle of all of this and played cards while sipping Fresita sparkling wine.

Fresita is a premium sparkling wine infused with hand-picked strawberries from Patagonia 100% natural 8% alcohol and a perfect sunny day sipper. It is available in a 750ml bottle or a brand new 4 pack mini crate. They also discovered (quite by accident) their bags of chips floated after they dropped them into the pool. It sounds like a whole lot of fun to me, wish I had been there.

Sparkling wine is hitting the market more often than not these days with new ideas and innovative marketing. Either focusing on a specific grape varietal or simply creating cool concepts for the young at heart. A couple of recent entries into the bubble segment are from Australia and New Zealand. Australia brings us Yellow Tail Rose and New Zealand slid in Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc Brut. New Zealand known for their world renowned Sauvignon Blanc found this to be a pretty easy transition. The style is fresh, crisp and elegant with tropical fruit flavors. Great paired with oysters, sushi and grilled seafood. By the way did I mention affordable…$15.95

Some favorites of mine include:

Steller's Jay Brut from Sumac Ridge, which by the way is always on hand in my home ready and waiting for any excuse to open it. This prestigious wine has garnered numerous Gold Medals and accolades. I hear tell that the walls at Sumac are just one big bling fest.

Jacobs Creek Sparkling from Australia, easy to drink and is always up to the task of pleasing palettes. I used this bubble to welcome guests at a friend’s 50th birthday party and ran out. Everyone said yes and no one said no.

Perrier Jouet the ultimate French Champagne.

Bottega Prosecco from Italy bearing a gold label shaped like a tear drop.

Do me a favor, don’t wait to enjoy the champagne or sparkling wine you have set aside for that special occasion, pop that cork and enjoy it with friends or a loved one, watching T.V., cooking your favorite meal, popping pop corn, flipping a burger or sliding around your newly purchased inflatable pool of bubbles. Add some local berries and I get to say…I told you so.

Meet Theresa Harrett, our newest blogger. She will be recommending wines from behind the counter of the Langley Liquor Store.

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