It’s Saturday. Why not celebrate?

Saturday night, Kara and I just had a hankering for sushi.  We’ve been fans of CreAsian in Morgan Hill for a while, but recently learned that their corkage fee for wine is only 8 bucks.

I’ve been meaning to do a sparkling wine and sushi pairing for a while, so we picked this up at Trader Joe’s just before we hit up the restaurant…


Domaine Chandon NV Brut Classic

It’s funny… you know…

Domaine Chandon makes a solid California sparkling wine at $15.  Great lemon and mineral characteristics.  Festive and lively color and effervescence.


At the end of the day, it’s just a $15 wine.

And yet…

When you walk into a restaurant with a bottle of sparkling wine, heads turn.

The family sitting next to us mentioned that we must be important people if we were rolling into the place with “Champagne”.

Our waitress asked us if we were celebrating anything special.

I told her that of course we were… “It’s Saturday!”

Here’s what we ate…


Seaweed Salad


Sashimi Tacos… A must!


From Kara to Jeff… Lemon Drop, Fuji Mountain, and Godzilla Rolls.

The truth is, as food-friendly as sparkling wine is… as good a job as these wines do with elevating the already sky-high flavors of sushi… and with as many good-quality California sparklers as there are in the 10 to 20 dollar range…

Why wouldn’t you drink sparkling wine more often?

Let’s all celebrate Saturdays more often.

Stay Rad,


What’s your favorite sparkling wine and food pairing?  What’s your favorite sparkling wine in the 10 to 20 dollar range?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

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5 Responses to “It’s Saturday. Why not celebrate?”

  1. Lauren Says:

    I am a big fan of opening a bottle of bubbles “just because.”

    I prefer Chandon’s Blanc de Noirs, though… mostly because I once got very, very sick after drinking their brut. It may or may not have been the night after I completed the bar exam, and I may or may not have downed an entire bottle by myself… but still.

  2. Marcello Buonarroti Says:

    So when you say, “At the end of the day, it’s just $15 for wine.” Does that mean that it would be more of less at the beginning of the day, or perhaps, during the middle of the day. I could speak volumes about over-used sayings. One of them is, “speak volumes,” and the other is, ” at the end of day.”
    Otherwise, I must say that your writing is quite good.

  3. Lovin’ That Sake | Stay Rad Says:

    […] Normally, when we go out to sushi, I just get myself some beer or some hot sake.  You’ve seen me bring my own wine out to sushi here and here. […]

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