Ahhh…Champagne. No wine is more versatile, or food-friendly. Yet it is much more. Champagne is how we celebrate during the holiday season, or recognize a job promotion. It refreshes and prepares the palate as an aperitif. Champagne’s cool, soothing bubbles quenches a drying thirst on a sultry summer afternoon. The mere act of uncorking a bottle is an event, marking the promise and anticipation of a special evening. At its best, Champagne is a match for the world’s finest red and white wines.
Wine is the great compliment to a delicious restaurant dinner. Should you happen to be a new wine drinker, it may be really easy to feel frightened when the wine waiter presents you with the wine list.
The hook comes next, and is more difficult to master. This time, pivot with your front foot, and for full power, bend at the knees and explode up as you pivot and turn, debouchage your left hand in a sideways U or hook shape towards the target.
At your reception site, ask about the types of liquors available, the vintages chosen, even the number of bottles opened. One of the most colossal wastes of money at any reception is when the bar staff opens too many bottles of wine or other liquors, and at the end of the night, even though they weren’t used, you still have to pay for them. On your dime, the wait staff might be sipping your Chardonnay and gulping down the cheese platter after the party ends.
My father passed on a lot of wisdom and guidance and encouraged me to study the lives of successful people and read successful biographies. My father was a PhD. in Psychology. Ever since I was 8 years old he immersed myself in the classics like James Allen, Wayne Dyer, Shakti Gawain, Dale Carnegie, and all of these personal development greats I started learning at a young age. So he was an inspiration to me.
Humans have millions of cells that are used for our senses of smell and taste. Some people are able to differentiate between thousands of smells, while others can taste even the smallest difference in food and drink. The bouquet or aroma of a wine is quite complex, resulting from the reactions between the wine’s alcohol, sugar, and the grape compounds. Each bottle of wine is different and can be as unique as the human fingerprint. This is one reason why the varieties of wine are really rather endless. It’s also the basis for the love of wine for many people. Some consider their obsession with wine as more than just a mere hobby. It actually defines who they are.
Start narrowing down your choices for reception venues. You can look online for reviews of various places in your desired location, and you can always swing by the space while an event is in action to see how you like it. Be sure that the space will accommodate your guests and band or DJ, and don’t forget to ask whether the venue will provide you with an on-site event director to help you throughout your big day. You may have to adjust your chosen date based on the availability of the venue.
Before the time for the special bottle comes, take your chances with another one. It makes sense to exercise your skills before opening your special bottle and ruining your mood with unfortunate uncorking.