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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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  • Today was a good (wine) day. Did you know a Grignolino vineyard was the first one Joe Heitz ever bought? Thanks to the @heitzcellar team @carltonmccoy @thegrapeunknown for a palate-and mind-expanding tasting at the 1898 Stone Cellar. 2014 Linda Falls and ‘13 Martha’s Vineyard are stunning examples of restraint married with earthy intensity and brightness a la Bordeaux. 🙏🏾🍷🍇
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  • Having a ball previewing the new @andrehmack book 99 Bottles about drinks that changed his life. He shares insight on finding wines YOU love through candid stories about  joy and BS on his way to becoming a top sommelier, winemaker and owner of @maisonnoirwines—while African American. 🙌🏾
A favorite quote: “I am a big believer in putting your intention out into the universe and letting the universe respond and be a co-conspirator in your future.” 🍷 Get yours when it drops on 10/22 —🙏🏾 to @abramsbooks for sharing his story. .
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  • Now that’s what I call a smoke ring! What an amazing evening with best ever pulled pork, ribs and brisket by the talented and gracious @matthornx Thank you all🙏🏾
Can’t wait for the Oakland debut! 🥩♥️🔥
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  • So sad but inspired by the life of Jessye Norman. She sang exquisitely in Italian, French and German, used her fame to help those who needed it and was very fearless in finding her own path. 
A favorite quote: “Pigeon-holes are only comfortable for pigeons.” .
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  • Wednesday wine crushing on this Chenin Blanc sparkler from  Domaine Breton in the Loire. @catherineetpierrebreton  make great Chinon so I snagged this from  @kermitlynchwine Dilettante is crisp with just hints of stone fruit-a perfect wine with tuna poke.  They also make a slightly sweeter Vouvray cremant called - Elle Est Pas Bulles La Vie? ( Life Isn’t Always Bubbly) a play on a French phrase. I think life’s as bubbly as you make it 🥂🍾👏🏾 Check out my linkinbio to see how cute this family of vignerons is.
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  • If only writing were as easy as eating🍴I feel blessed to be busy with client work and it’s so satisfying that they’re happy. But...doing for others has quenched  some of my creative fire. There’s less energy/time to devote to my own expression. And also that perfection thing. Do any of you ever feel this way? 
BUT I’ve been experiencing and creating so many cool things I can’t keep it to myself🍾🎉🌋
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  • Rapp Pinot Noir at golden hour in Sonoma. 🍷
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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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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.