Trying to cut down on spending in the new year? That doesn't have to mean you can't go wine tasting.
Bubbleheads, behold our guide to Sonoma and Napa wineries that specialize in sparkling - and what bubbles you shouldn't miss when you visit.
These Sonoma County wineries may be best known for their reds, rosés and whites - but their sparklers are also worth try.
Time to pop a bottle of bubbly!
Toast to your health and our beautiful planet with these biodynamic, organic and natural wines.
Be the wine hero of Thanksgiving by bringing, or serving, the perfect bottle of bubbly.
I don't know about you, but I'm not above whetting my wife's more carnal appetites with enough wine and chocolate to impair her better judgment. I'm sure that's all very un-PC and certainly, as the father of young daughters, I live in mortal fear of the effects of alcohol on sensibility; but my wife's a big girl, and above all, she knows how I think, so I'm pretty sure our pending Valentine's Date - a savory symphony of handcrafted chocolate and wine at J Winery - will be consensual.
Forgive the hackneyed analog, but I've just eaten a Lennon-McCartney harmony of food and wine over at J Winery; OK, maybe that's too much, but a solid Bee Gees, at least! Seriously, if we wore socks on our teeth, then Chef Mark Caldwell's Lobster Bisque, together with winemaker George Bursick's Hoot Owl Vineyard Viognier, would knock them clean off. And I don't even like Viognier, as a rule.
If you've already got Champagne and caviar lying about, then by all means, use it, and with neither apology nor reservation. But here is my contribution: Whatever you do, make sure you serve something that will get you lucky. As it happens - to nobody's surprise, at least if they're regular readers - we in the Proximal Kitchen are nothing if not opinionated, and we love most of all to pontificate about which foods and wines are most likely to earn you flirty looks and even messier sheets, and we've got just the ticket: