Is "Special" Really "Special"

I know I've written about this before, but as we are approaching Mother's Day, I am once again seeing what I consider 2 of the biggest Faux pas that people have about wine. 


Although both are somewhat related, the first misconception I see and hear that I wish people would reconsider is buying and holding on to those "special bottles" of wine they purchased with the intent or waiting till that "right moment or event."  Having been doing this long enough, and as you know as a reader of my blog and my penchant for commenting on my age, to me, every day is a special day.  I get up in the morning, I'm grateful and it's a special day. 

Okay, so maybe I don't break open that $100 Napa Cab for spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm also not afraid of opening a better bottle, especially if that meal has been handmade!  There are tons of reasons NOT to open those "special bottles,' but there are probably many more reasons TO open those bottles.  You just have to give them the same, or more, weight as the "not."


So for round two, I am pounding on my desk (okay, speaking loudly) about only drinking that sparkling mana from Heaven, Champagne at or on "special occasions."  Maybe I'm just not a fan of the word "special" since it appears in both cases??? 

Regardless, as we approach Mother's Day this year I am seeing many more sparkling wine tastings and sales focusing on sparkling wines.  Let me also say, I'm not against having sparkling wine for Mom or Dad or ANY day that is a "special day."  (There's that word again.)  No, I'm saying that we should be willing to pop those corks much more often and not just because, dare I say it, it's a special day.

To be clear as well, I'm not talking just about Champagne.  Any sparkling will do.  It's a fact that prosecco has been one of the largest selling and biggest growth area in wine in general.  My hats off to all of you for that.  With the various sparkling wines around (Champagne, Cremant, Cava, Prosecco, Espumante, Sekt and just plain ole sparkling) there is a variety of styles and at a range of prices that shouldn't keep anyone from drinking these lovely bubbles.

Having been given a book some time ago that details what foods go with what wines, you would find that when you look up Champagne (sparkling) the foods listed encompasses the single largest list of a variety of foods that pair well with the wine.  Nothing else comes close.

So why don't we drink more bubbles?  Seems to me, that it's just cracking the old code of wine as to what to drink and when.  Depending too much on that pesky word "special."  Let's break that code and get out there and savor that nose tingling, refreshing and satisfying drink called sparkling.

Oh, and don't forget Mom this May 13th!