The theme for the February Food Bloggers Los Angeles Meeting was Chocolate and Bubbles. I ran out of time to make any sweet treats so I brought my favorite sparkling wine.
I thought for years I didn’t like champagne. Then I tried a very expensive champagne and thought I only liked very pricy champagne. Then a few years ago I stumbled across Roederer Sparkling Wine. You can buy it all over town for a price range of $18.00-$23.00 and it is delicious. More delicious than many sparkling wines or champagnes double, triple, and even quadruple it’s price. This is an easy way to add A Little Gourmet to your Everyday. I have a bottle chilling at all times.
Here are some notes from the winemaker:
Brut Multi Vintage
Roederer Estate Brut, the California sparkling wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer Champagne among the most sought-after wines in the world.
The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavor.
- Appellation: Anderson Valley
- Varietal: Approximately 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
- Aging: Aged a minimum of two years on the yeast
- Wine Alcohol: 12%
- Suggested Retail Price: $23
Here is what everyone else brought.
FBLA Chocolate Party 2014 Recipe and Resource Links
- Chocolate Petit Fours — Christina Conte of Christina’s Cucina
- Chocolate Brownie Quick Bread — Dorothy Reinhold of Shockingly Delicious
- Fair-Trade Chocolate Earthquake Cookies — Alison Ashton at Nourish Network
- Mocha Truffle Bars — Valentina of Cooking On The Weekends
- Pain au Chocolat and Cro-Nut Hearts — Jude at Two Broads Abroad
- Vegan Nutella Fudge — Alanna Waldron of Eat Real Food
- Chocolate Red Wine Tart — Nancy Buchanan of A Communal Table
- Brownie Buttons — Judy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze
- Blood Orange-Champagne Creme Brûlée — also from Valentina of Cooking on the Weekends
- Vintage Lemon Pudding Cake — Leslie Macchiarella of Bake This Cake
- Game Day Chili — Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen
- Tamales with Chocolate Mole Sauce — Patricia Rose of Fresh Food in a Flash
- Amaretto Sauce/Dressing on Spinach-Berry Salad — Ellen Rosentreter of Within My Means
- Deviled Eggs — Patti Londre from Worth the Whisk
- Chinese New Year Slaw — Nancy Eisman of Adventures with Nancy Rose
Champagne/Sparkling Wine Recommendations
- Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava ($7 “but tastes like $20+”) — Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules
- NV Presto Prosecco Brut ($10-$12), a “price performer” — Alison Ashton of Nourish Network
- Brut Roederer Estate Mixed Vintage ($20) — Jennifer Daskevich of A Little Gourmet Everyday
- Colbert Eco Brut (sugar-free organic sparkling wine; $25) — Caren Magill of The Fit Habit
- Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée ($10.99). “When serving mimosas there is no need to buy expensive bubbly, but naturally you don’t want to serve your guests headache-inducing sparkling wines or champagne either. The Brut Cuvée is Barefoot’s most traditional bubbly and tastes of green apple and jasmine with hints of kiwi and peach flavors which bubble up for a crisp finish and, in my opinion, make a delightful Mimosa,” said Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Cheers and Remember
Take Time to Enjoy a
Little Gourmet Everyday!!