May 182011

Shaker Two deserves all the credit for this lovely find.

Schlumberger White Secco



A sweet (pleasantly so, not at all cloying) fizzy pour of sparkles in your flute.  The perfect end to a summer dinner, perhaps with some fresh fruit.  This is not a mixing bubbly and I would definitely not cook with it….except perhaps to make a champagne sorbet.

Under $20 a bottle.  Shaker One grabbed the sole bottle on hand when she spied it at the Candy Store (Beverage Warehouse).

A sweet kiss to end the evening.



May 112011

Welcome bubbly aficionados to another episode of Bubbly Tales.  Today I’d like to introduce you to one of Shaker One’s favorite players:


Purchased at Trader Joe’s, this go-to sparkler retails for under $8.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It is perfect with mimosas or other mixed cocktails and really very pleasant on its own.  I often enjoy a glass or three simply with a strawberry dropped into the bottom of the glass.

And as I am not a white wine drinker, other than the bubbly types, I also use this to deglaze a pan or make a sauce….anywhere you’d use a dry white wine.  At this price point I don’t even feel bad if I open a bottle, enjoy a few glasses over two or three days and end up pouring the rest out.  Not what I’d select for a celebration or fancy dinner, but a solid choice for your everyday workhorse bubbly.  Affordable, drinkable, mixable, cookable…….this bubbly is one to keep on hand.


Give it a try.  Unless you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby.  Then I’m so, so sorry for you.


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