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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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  • It’s been almost a month, but can’t stop thinking about Otto Uve, a super crushable sparkling red @karimsoumah poured for me at enjoyed at @corkdc 
It’s a lovely intro to Gragnano, a style of red frizzante made in Campania. Winemaker Salvatore Martusciello used 8 grapes: Aglianico, Piedirosso, Sciascinoso,Olivella, Supprezza, Castagnara, Sauca, and Surbegna. It’s  bursting with dark, juicy fruit balanced by endearing spice notes and  crushed-velvet tannin. It begs for anything porky. Hope we cross paths again, but if it’s a one-night-only kind of wine, I’m happy.🍷
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#wine#winetasting#winewednesday#thebubblygirl#corkdc#winelover#winewriter#bubbly#sparklingwine#italianwine#ottouve#instawine#winestagram#tinybubbles
  • It’s a @northwesternu freshman year reunion. Funny how little has changed after 30+years. Swipe to see us then. Thanks for getting us together @sjtownsell and Cheryl.#gocats 😘👩🏽‍🎓
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#northwesternuniversity#northwestern#freshmanyear#30yearslater#evanston#thebubblygirl
  • Enjoyed my last @schramsberg 2014 Blanc de Blancs with @studiodearborn for #openthatbottlenight 🍾It’s even better from a Burgundy glass. .
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#openthatbottle#schramsberg#sparklingwine#bubbly#thebubblygirl#chardonnay#effervescent#wine#winelover#winewriter#blackgirlswine#wine101#winetasting#wineandfood#bubbly365#winestagram#instawine#blancdeblancs#methodechampenoise#madeincalifornia
  • I packed my new Dash Mini Waffle Maker and treated friends and family to breakfast Valentines on my trip. These are gluten-free with bananas and chocolate chips! Check out my story for waffle cooking pro tips and more flavor ideas 🍫🍌🍠🥧🧇
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  • If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day bubbly rosé with personality, you can’t go wrong with the juicy @kiryianni Akakies made from xinomavro. 🥂🍾
It’s a perfect opener to a vibrant lunch at @zaytinya The hummus with lamb is healthy comfort food. Here, octopus is exquisite; delicate sea creature with subtle sweetness and just a hint of char. And you must have the apricot, Greek yogurt and pistachio for dessert. 
So happy that @chefjoseandres @zaytinya is going strong with wonderful service and cuisine. ..
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#zaytinya#mediterraneandiet#kiryianni#akakies#akakiessparklingrose#rosé#roséallday#roséwine#xinomavro#octopus#hummuslover#winelover#winewriter#valentinesday#thebubblygirl#wine#washingtondc#bestrestaurants
  • I think @bpatisserie is the pastry shop I’ve dreamed of. Great vibe, lots of light and creative sweet and savory fare. 🥐Get there by Feb. 9 to experience the Black Sesame Kougin Amann and parfait on the Chinese New Year menu. The Black Sesame Latte is year-round fortunately and has the best toasty sesame aroma. Black sesame is revered in Chinese medicine for vitality. Black sesame is loaded with iron, zinc, copper, vitamin B1, magnesium, and calcium, so this is basically health food. You’re welcome. 🏮🐁🎏
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#bpatisserie#kouignamann#blacksesame#blacksesameseeds#blacksesamelatte#blacksesamekouginamann#sanfrancisco#pastryshop#chinesenewyear2020#yearoftherat#thebublygirl#goodeats#foodwriter
  • The @ugcb_net @klwines Bordeaux tasting was so huge, I focused on Pessac-Léognan. This appellation near the city of Bordeaux does it all:  stellar white blends like @chateaucarbonnieux and lovely, modern reds(often CS+Merlot+PV) that are very inviting while young - @malarticlagraviere and @domainedechevalier were my🌟s. 
But outliers are fascinating too. @chateau_lescarmeshautbrion has more clay soil so they rely heavily on Cab Franc. Winemaker Guillaume Pouthier ages it for 2 years in 100% new French oak then it rests in concrete for a few months. The wine is pretty perfect on release but she’ll age beautifully too. 🍷

For dessert, I’m all about Barsac, but couldn’t resist a splash of the fresh and clean Sauternes from @chateau_bastor_lamontagne 🍷
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#ugcbordeaux#bordeauxwine#pessacleognan#whitebordeaux #klwinemerchants#wine#winelovers#thebubblygirl#winewriter#contentcreator#wineandspirits#winespectator#winetasting#barsac
  • Now that was a good lunch: Open Face Dungeness Crab Salad With Mint, Crispy Shallot & Meyer Lemon Zest.  Here’s the recipe:
Season 3-4 ounces Dungeness crab with 1 teaspoon softened cream cheese, 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, 2 torn mint leaves, salt, and pepper to taste.  Set aside and toast 1/2 @modelbakery English muffin. Top muffin with seasoned crab and garnish with Meyer lemon zest, crispy shallots and garlic. 
Serve on a pretty plate like this one @cravingsbychrissyteigen plate. Pair with your favorite brut sparkling like @ironhorsevyds or @schramvineyards or even the Champagne of beers: @estrelladamm #inedit.🦀🍾 .
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#inseason#crabseason#dungenesscrab#modelbakery#oprahsfavoritethings#lookwhatimade#eatersf#buzzfeedfood#f52grams#foodandwine#esquiremagazine#sunsetkitchen#thebubblygirl#goopmake#saveurmag#recipe#thespruceeats
  • Checked out the new @majordomolv with @studiodearborn 
So @davidchang isn’t known for half-stepping and he went all out with this meaty, seafood focused resto at @palazzovegas 
The riff on a Singapore Sling was mighty nice, so was the fragrant, spicy lamb in a warm, pillowy chapati. 
But why waste time on the way to the steak: a 35-day aged ribeye. It was intensely rich with that aged meat funk. You definitely want it with the beef tallow fries and spicy raclette dip. 
To me, Spanish black truffles weren’t as intense as the ones from Perigord, but it was a good look.

The steak was so big it took me 2 days to finish it! 🥩🧀🍷 Looking forward for checking out the brand new @moonpalace with burgers on Hawaiian rolls, house made chips with sweet and savory toppings and chocolate-dipped marshmallow fluff sandwiches for dessert. ..
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#momofuku#majordomolv#ribeyesteak#ribeye#davidchang#celebritychef#lasvegas#palazzolasvegas#moonpalacelv#beeftallowfries#raclette#foodwriter#thebubblygirl#kbis2020#blacktruffles#spanishblacktruffles#blackdiamonds#minireview#steak#steakdinner#newrestaurant

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