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Posts Tagged ‘new year’s eve’

Yappy Hew Near!

Posted by Richard on January 1, 2020

It’s well past midnight here in the nationally neglected Mountain Time Zone, and thus 2020 for me. The fireworks off to the west have begun to die down (all those Latinos in Lakewood sure do love their fireworks). In the living room, a 2003 Fleetwood Mac concert is playing on AXS TV (“Landslide” sounds pretty good). The prosecco bottle is getting pretty low, and I’m trying to ignore the two slices of anchovy and jalapeno pizza in the fridge.

To anyone reading this, I wish you and yours a wonderful new year. I’m going to drain that prosecco bottle, maybe listen to a little more Fleetwood Mac, and call it a night. And a year. And a decade.

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Champagne, or something like it

Posted by Richard on December 31, 2019

Happy New Year’s Eve! Planning on celebrating with some bubbly tonight? Here’s a marvelous ditty from the musical Gigi to get you in the mood:

[YouTube link]

(Yes, I’m a politically incorrect, toxically masculine, cis-hetero gun nut who also happens to like good musicals. Wanna make something of it?)

There are many sparkling wines. But by decree of the French government (a.k.a. cheese-eating surrender monkeys), only sparkling wines bottled in or near the Champagne region of France may be called champagne. And you pay a premium price for that appellation.

So here’s a pro tip: you can get an Italian prosecco sparkling wine of similar quality for a fraction of what you pay for a bottle of champagne. There are also plenty of California sparkling wines. The good ones are probably similar in price to a good prosecco.

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