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I’m Maria aka The Bubbly Girl, a bonne vivante and author of The Bubbly Bar the ultimate guide to entertaining with sparkling wine cocktails. Click to order a signed book!

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  • Some of the best discoveries happen by accident. Like when you hear someone with a French accent talking about the little Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir they made with a friend. The magical balance of aromatics, brightness and depth makes #domainefaurygros one of the best Pinots I’ve tasted. The vineyard was destroyed in the 2017 fires, so this is some precious juice. Curious?? Learn all about it on my blog — just follow the #linkinbio 🍷🍇
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  • I’ve opened a zillion bottles of wine with a waiter’s key and it’s a piece of cake. Champagne cork that moves as fast as a bullet?  No big deal. 🍾

But bottles dipped in wax made me go all 😱. I’d try cutting through the wax with a corkscrew blade, risking a bloody scene. But all that’s over now thanks to a nifty little wine hack. If you’ve ever struggled with this, check out my story to see how to open a wax-dipped wine bottle like a pro. 🍷🙏🏾 to my colleague/hand model. .
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  • This was one of my favorite days ever on a freelance magazine assignment in France. A limo driver named David picked me up in Paris and took me to Champagne to the @perrierjouet (it’s perry-AY Joo-ETT) Maison Belle Époque, a dreamy house filled with Art Nouveau treasures and decor. I toured the caves, did an interview and dined with @herve.deschamps, the most effervescent champagne maker I’ve ever met 🍾 
All too soon, the day was over and another driver, also named David, took me back to Paris. I asked if we could stop by the Eiffel Tower for a photo and he took me here and snapped this shot. Happy Bastille Day and merci beaucoup, France, for all the ways your culture has enriched ours. 🇫🇷
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  • This fruity, expressive German Pinot Noir Rosé is the way to win at 4th of July wine ... and all summer long. 🍷☀️💖
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  • Rubber ducky, I’m sorry but it’s over. 🌈🍾🦄🛀🏽
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  • With watermelon, basil and loads of crushed ice,  the Ginfusion at @whitechapelsf IS the taste of summer. 🥃☀️
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  • You know how you feel exhausted but then you push yourself to get out of the house and it’s so worth it?

So inspired and delighted by all the hardworking women winemakers and owners at @onemarketsf for the Women in Wine event hosted by Tonya Pitts. 🍷Loved seeing all the newness from Andrea of @mcbridesisters @blackgirlmagicwine; meeting Theodora of Theophilous Wine in Yorkville Highlands; tasting Pinots by pioneer @merry_edwards_winery; the gorgeous aromatic Pinots by winemaker Shalini Sekhar of @ottavinowines and @waitsmast; the saucy Cabernet Franc by Kristie of @tessierwinery and the rosé, Burgundian Chardonnay and perfumed Pinot by Erin of @ernestvineyards. But the best part was her story about stomping grapes in the back of a truck racing from vineyard to the winery. Some people really know how to live!👣🍇🍷
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  • Thankful for an evening of serendipitous deliciousness in Yountville. 🙏🏾 The fried chicken was on point, especially with @jcb_collection No. 21 sparkling. 🥂

Then my neighbor at the bar shared @williamsselyemwinery RRV Pinot Noir redolent with sweet fruit and earth. 🍓Which inspired the nice people from Dallas to share some Modicum, @chefthomaskeller silk-velvet smooth Rutherford Cab blend tasting of cassis, cocoa and teriyaki grilled meat from 2012, one of the best Napa vintages ever. 🍷

The hardest part was deciding whether to pair the Pinot or the  Cab with the @cowgirlcreamery Piper’s Pyramid aged goat cheese 🧀 
Isn’t sitting at the bar the best?!
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  • How cool is this?! I was going to post about Bordeaux but then I found @champagne_marie_cesaire . The brand was founded in Dec. 2015 by a businesswoman Marie-Inés and her brother Jaïro Romelle, who are  originally from Guadaloupe in the French West Indies. A tribute to their parents, the range of champagnes is crafted from fruit grown in the village of Ecueil near Montaigne de Reims.  Now I just need to get my hands on a bottle. 🥂🙌🏾🍾#repost .
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Maria loves hearing from other bubbly girls. Write to tell her all about delicious bubbly you’ve just discovered or to ask a question about what to pair with what.