So tomorrow night is New Years Eve. Countrymouse and I typically stay home and celebrate in a low key kinda way. I used to miss not doing something grand on New Years Eve, but really, I don't anymore. I prefer to spend it with the people I love, relaxing and enjoying some good food and wine.
That brings me to what I really wanted to write about... wine. Not just any wine, but the king of wines, Champagne. I adore Champagne. I drink it every opportunity I get. I think too many people save it for special occasions... weddings, holidays, other celebrations. Here in the mouse house, we have Champagne for breakfast on every holiday and whenever we have people over whose company we enjoy. I firmly believe you can add a little "shine" to any day to make it special. Champagne does that for me.
Life is way too short and filled with too many bumps not to enjoy something as simple and wonderful as Champagne.
I use the word Champagne here collectively. Champagne is exclusively from France. There's Prosecco from Italy, a lighter, fruitier (but not sweeter) wine than Champagne, and Cava from Spain, which is drier than Champagne and since land is cheaper in Spain, it tends to be a third of the cost. Both of these are delicious and I actually prefer them over Champagne.
I came across the following Champagne Challenge. I thought it was both fun and informative. Give it a whirl and let me know how you fare.
I thought the question about Marilyn Monroe was a hoot (and I got it wrong, I might add.)
On his deathbed, John Maynard Keynes, the economist who developed the Keynesian theory of Macroeconomics, said...
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.”
I leave you with that thought and my sincere hope that you enjoy life in all it's simple moments this coming year.