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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

| December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Search for “Champagne, bubbles and drunk,” and you’ll get headlines like “Why Bubbles Make You More Giggly.” But when we took a close look at the science supporting the urban legend, we weren’t impressed. The effect doesn’t happen to everyone, and when it does, it’s just temporary.

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Why We Toast: Uncorking A New Year’s Tradition

Why We Toast: Uncorking A New Year’s Tradition

| December 31, 2012

Some early Europeans toasted to profess their love to young women, while others lifted their arms to honor their kings. Toasting, which dates back to ancient times, is a ritual shrouded in urban legends. But one historian says some of the tall tales are actually true.

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How to Open Champagne: Jacques Pepin vs Leslie Sbrocco

How to Open Champagne: Jacques Pepin vs Leslie Sbrocco

| December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year! Here are two culinary experts sharing radically different approaches to opening a bottle of champagne. Both techniques are excellent skills to cultivate and can be used depending on the mood of the party.

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10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

10 Local Sparkling Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

| December 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re purchasing a sparkling wine this holiday season, it’s easy to keep it local. After all, some of the finest American choices are produced in our own backyard. Following is a list of my top-ten local sparkling wine choices. Half of these wineries are set in Carneros, an area that covers parts of both Sonoma and Napa Valley that is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape growing (the two varietals most commonly used for sparkling wines). The other half are located in other parts of Napa and the Anderson Valleys.

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Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

Chestnut Soup for the Holidays

| November 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The autumn harvest is here, brilliant with salads laced with pomegranates and red Starkrimson pears, poached quinces, shredded Brussels sprouts sauteed with pancetta. And chestnuts, lovely, shiny brown chestnuts, here roasted and pureed into a rich and elegant soup, perfect for starting any holiday meal.

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Sparkling Citrus Gelée for New Year’s Eve

Sparkling Citrus Gelée for New Year’s Eve

| December 30, 2009 | 0 Comments

Raise a toast to Sparkling Citrus Gelée, a New Year’s Eve-worthy dessert that can be eaten by just about everyone at your dinner party, and that looks gorgeous to boot.

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