Friday, November 13, 2015

Bubbly was popped around
the world this week in celebration of a (seemingly new) study about the health
benefits of drinking Champagne.
A two-year-old study in rodents seemed to
possibly demonstrate a connection between memory retention and bubbly, and was
vigorously revived by several publications including the The Daily
Although Snopes and the UK's National Health Service have since
debunked both the study's newness and its radicalness—the subjects were,
in fact, 24 tipsy rats, not humans—the fact that remains that Champagne and
its less-pricey counterparts, including Crémant, Prosecco, and Cava, are
And the bubbly trend is a real thing.
This week marks the third year of New
York City's Champagne Week.
People are starting to seek out less expensive
options to pair with low-end treats such as potato chips in addition to
fancier caviar, truffles, and oysters.
From coast to coast, bubbly bars are
making their mark.
Here are a few worth seeking out depending on where in our
great, fizzy 50 states you are.
Courtesy of The Fine Mousse The Fine Mousse, San
Francisco, California French fries and Champagne? Genius.
This new Bay Area
watering hole offers duck fat fries with dipping sauces such as
grapefruit-curry and yuzu pepper mayo.
Sure, they have salads and soup if you
want 'em, but the focus is clearly on fries and bubbly: A full seven options
by the glass—most less than $12—and ten bottles dominate a tiny menu.
far—one yelper calls The Fine Mousse "like catnip to women!"—it's
been a hit.
Birds & Bubbles, New York, New York Nothing cuts through crisp,
wonderfully greasy fried chicken like a glass of sparkling wine.
That's the
theory behind Birds & Bubbles in New York City, a chicken-and-champers
restaurant run by Sarah Simmons, a Southern-born New Yorker with a penchant
for the food of her roots.
$65 snags you a half a fried chicken and a split of
Champagne, but you can also order a bird a la carte and one of 46 bottles of
Courtesy of Ambonany
Ambonnay Bar, Portland, Oregon Featuring reasonably priced
tasting classes, special events that pair Champagne with jamon Iberico and
oysters, and a New Year's Eve party with magnums aplenty, Ambonnay offers
six to seven bubblies by the glass.
A nice touch on their short menu? Truffled
Le Caviste, Seattle, Washington With a tightly curated, all-French wine
list, Le Caviste shines for its reasonable price point—a Crémant by the
glass for less than $10 is often on its menu—and a knockout French cheese
(Pair that Crémant or any sparkling wine with dreamy triple-
crème Brillat-Savarin.) Vine & Tap, Atlanta, Georgia The ATL has
had quite the food and drinks revival over the last decade, and Chef Zeb
Stevenson of Atlanta hotspot Watershed on Peachtree pointed us to
Buckhead-area favorite Vine & Tap, a wine bar offering flights (three
bubblies for $20) and an impressive wine-by-the-glass list that includes five
sparkling wines.
Sip them with $1 oysters from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Douglas Merriam For Eventide
Oyster Company Eventide Oyster Co., Portland, Maine Let's
not neglect one of Champagne's classic best friends: the oyster.
serves some of the best—and freshest—in the nation, along with an
addictive brown-butter lobster roll.
Look for 15 sparklers and nearly 20
super-fresh bivalves.
A.O.C., Los Angeles, California A full 17 sparklers by the bottle plus
four by the glass shimmer on the menu at A.O.C., Suzanne Goin's renowned
restaurant and wine bar.
Stop in for a full dinner—Goin is a James
Beard Award winning-chef—or tuck into bacon-wrapped dates or "Spanish
fried chicken" with romesco aioli during the daily cocktail hour.
From coast to coast, bubbly bars are making their
Here are a few worth seeking out depending on where in our great, fizzy
50 states you are.

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