BLOG

Champagne Diaries: we will take a bottle, part 6

“I'm not afraid of being alone. I'm afraid that I am the reason that I'm alone.” We should have ordered a bottle; a glass will not be enough for this talk, Sandy thought. She hadn’t spent time alone with Corrine since baby Mia arrived. The last months were a whirlwind for the two of friends. Sandy was adjusting to motherhood and Corrine to being single, again. These days Sandy’s patience was lean. Having a baby made her indifferent to the small...

Champagne Diaries: shades of love, part 4

Cameron walked into the quiet restaurant and immediately made eye contact with Roxanne who was sitting at the bar. “Damn,” he whispered. It’s too soon to fall in love. The first thing he noticed was her hair. She wore large ringlets that framed her girlish face. One defiant curl rested on her forehead just above her brow bone. Lovely… no pretty. He settled on striking. He moved a few steps closer to get a better look at her. Her skin was...

Champagne diaries: it’s a girl part 3

Half way through the bottle of Veuve-Clicquot, Cameron decided to head out. He was too happy to be home alone. “It’s over. Meet me for a drink.” He sent Charles a text. “Not tonight. The baby is coming,” Charles responded. Charles and Sandy have been married for seven years and trying to have a baby for six. In their third year of marriage, Sandy was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Year three and four were hell. In year five Charles’ parents and...

Champagne Diaries: champagne to the rescue part 2

Alone…Corrine never expected to end up here after five years of marriage. Her brother Jack’s condo sat empty for two years after he… died. “At least I had a place to go,” she thought. Moving in with her mother was not an option. She looked around the condo. Her mom had not been here since the police found Jack. When her brother died, killed himself, Corrine had to take care of everything. She made the funeral arrangements, found a service to...

Champagne diaries: the break up, part 1

  Follow my blog with Bloglovin “Why can’t I make it happen?” Cameron asked himself while removing the pink foil from the bottle. Thirty eight twice divorced and now his four year relationship with Roxanne is over.  He untwisted the wire cage, holding the cork in place with his thumb. This is Roxanne’s favorite part; she would lean in close to the bottle to hear the pop.  She called herself a champagne whisper, and claims each bottle releases a secret when it is...

A day in Champagne

On Tuesday October 29 the Comité Champagne hosted a Champagne tasting at the beautiful Ivy Room in Chicago. Guests had a chance to taste over 100 champagnes from 36 Champagne Producers. The event had two goals. The first was to celebrate Champagne producers and to expose their product to local trade and media representatives. The second was to remind us Americans that CHAMPAGNE ONLY COMES FROM THE CHAMPAGNE REGION IN FRANCE. This is very important! Just because a wine sparkles does not make it...

My love affair with wine

I can’t remember my first crush, or my first kiss, however the moment I sipped the Bordeaux wine that transformed me from wine novice to connoisseur is forever etched in my mind. My love affair with wines began in the winter of 1994 in Besançon, France. Besançon (pronunced  \bə-ˈzan(t)-sən) is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comté region in eastern France located close to the border of Switzerland. At that time I lived in Besançon a month longer than my student visa, family, fiance or...

I’m not drinking merlot wine, unless…

In the hit movie Sideways, actor Thomas Haden Church’s character Miles, a wine snob belts out “I’m not drinking any f**@%# merlot,” and the audience bursts into laughter.  A third of the audience recognized themselves in this statement and affirmed, “Amen.”  The others, wine novice, giggled through their confusion, wondering, “What’s wrong with merlot wine?” I had to sit back in the recliner, and take a sip of 2005 Woodward Canyon “Estate Red”   after typing that question.  What’s wrong with Merlot? Wine...