Posts Tagged ‘Sparkling Wine’

Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 124: They Gave Me a Ferrari!!!

December 5, 2013

In this episode, Jeff takes this Ferrari for a spin…

Wine Tasted:


Ferrari NV Rose


Ferrari NV Rose sample provided by Gregory White PR.

Don’t forget to visit Jeff Eckle’s blog, The Lonely Vine.

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Leave a comment, and let us know about the last, legit, pink, sparkling, Italian wine you had.


Stay Rad Wine Blog TV Episode 119: This wine is soooooo good..

September 15, 2013

Jeff takes a break from packing boxes for the big move to review this French sparkling wine…

Wine Tasted:


Jaillance Cuvee de l’Abbaye Cremant de Bordeaux Brut

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What’s the last wine that moved you?  Leave a comment, and tell us about it.

It’s Saturday. Why not celebrate?

March 12, 2013

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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Sometimes, you just gotta…

September 15, 2012

To me, life is all about the simple pleasures.

When I was a student at San Jose State University, it was not uncommon for me to stop by Dollar Chinese on the way back from class to pick up a little grub.

There’s something about Chinese fast food that just soothes the soul.

It’s my comfort food.

I don’t eat it that often, but boy do I love it.


When Kara’s mom brought back a Chinese feast the other night, I was stoked to the hella.


Chinese food. Lots of Chinese food.

On the top right of the picture, you’ll see that I cracked open a bottle of Korbel that was lying around.

I broke this out because sparkling wines are always known for their versatility when it comes to food pairings.  With the diversity of flavor profiles on the table, the Korbel really did the trick.

As tasty as the food and wine was, I’ve gotta say I am most proud of what I did with the leftovers the next morning.

I reheated the Mongolian Beef on a griddle, and scrambled me up an egg to make myself a Chinese Omelette…



Aside from tearing the omelette during folding, I was really happy with the end result.

The next time I have some Chinese leftovers, you know I’ll be making more of the same.

Simply fantastic.

Stay Rad,


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