“News flash: The universe doesn’t give a flying fuck about your plans. You can either kick and scream against this reality, raging against the dying of your mathematically structured light, or you can get real, review the available evidence from your own experience, and accept that life is a change sandwich between two slices of chaos.”—Krista Scott-Dixon (Stumptuous)
A little about two affordable and surprisingly drinkable sparkling wines I encountered this weekend. Both are dry enough to be sipped on their own (note: I prefer dry wines).
Brickstone Cellars’ Brut. This is a New York winemaker, of all things. Made via the traditional methode champenoise, which requires the riddling of bottles, and where all fermentation occurs in the bottle. A steal at $6.99 a bottle. Certainly some fruit but not cloying, a nice firm finish. If you’re local to me, head down to Total Wine and ask for James, he’ll set you up.
Canals & Nubiola. A Spanish cava (i.e., the Spanish version of methode champenoise), it is again perfectly drinkable, with a little earthiness and a nice dry finish. Just $8.99 down at BevMo.
What I love about these wines is that the fussier wine drinkers will be as happy as the not-so-fussy crowd, and no one’s going to cry when someone adds orange juice to the mix. Perfect New Year’s eve bubbles.
It was, at times, too much for me. It was certainly what was needed for her. I hope good will come of it.
I kept wondering about all of us, and what pulled us together in the first place. That need to feel connected. How as we get older, we can’t really dress that need up in anything more than plain street clothes. We just need to be together.
There is certainly still powerful magic in that need to be connected, but we can no longer call it a rite, a costumed ball, a weekend at faire.