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October 5 · Issue #2 · View online
demi & brut
sip on this
Me right now.
It’s probably not a good idea to write you while I’m drinking bubbly. But when your husband comes home from work with dark chocolate, and you’re PMSing *plus* you have half a bottle of something sparkling in the fridge (I’m testing ways to cork the bottle and keep the bubbles…deep research), you indulge and think about the consequences later. Since this Mariah Carey interview, I’m always excited to pair my bubbly with a small piece of chocolate so I can feel as glamorous as a woman who travels with her own lighting team.
That time Mariah drank Prosecco from a paper cup while shading Nicki Minaj
She literally walked into the radio station with her Prosecco and some Godiva chocolate wrapped in a red ribbon. Know her. Stan her. Follow her lead. (Hint: holiday hostess gift-bubbly + chocolate.)
Mariah’s Prosecco drinking is the perfect segue into what we’re discussing today. I mentioned this the last time, but I want to drill the point home this time. Kindly repeat after me “Just because it bubbles, it ain’t champagne.” Amen? Amen.
The two most significant distinctions between the various bubbly delights are region of production and production process. When we talk bubbly, we’re typically referring to Prosecco (Italian white wine with two sparkling varieties spumante and frizzante), Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) or Champagne (made exclusively in Champagne, France in Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne).
Champagne makers follow a laundry list of guidelines and regulations enforced by Comité Interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne under the direction of the French and European law. We’ll examine the rules and regulations another day. Ok, we probably won’t because let’s be honest dis tew much.
Both Champagne and Cava are produced through in-bottle fermentation.
Although cava production is technically identical to theméthode champenoise, that protected term only refers to winemaking activity within Champagne itself. In Spain, where cava is dreamt up by winemakers, the methodology is instead called traditionnelle. Like champagne, cava undergoes in-bottle fermentation, though the wine within is stored at lesser pressures. Source
Prosecco, a less expensive, fruitier and typically sweeter bubbly, is produced through fermentation in steel tanks.
Italy’s chief sparkling wine is created using the charmat-martinotti method, in which fermentation of the grapes takes place in stainless steel tanks instead of glass bottles. Source
Got all that?
Now listen, I love anything that bubbles, so whether you’re indulging in Prosecco, Cava, Champagne or these 24KT magic champagne-battered chicken wings, I clink my glass to you.
who said that?
Each week I feature a rap lyric that mentions champagne and I add the song to this demi & brut Spotify playlist.
Here’s this week’s lyric:
“TrapMoneyBenny/ I buy you Champagne but you love some Henny/From the block like you Jenny
#fivefridayfavorites
Here’s what I’m…
  • slathering all over my face: Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (it smells like fall + it’ll make you feel like you have brand new skin)
  • reading: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson 
  • using to stay productive: FocusMate
  • obsessed with: Rocketbook Everlast
  • eating: Caramel. Apple. On. A Stick. Dipped. In. Crushed. Peanuts. (Guys, send help. I need an intervention!)
Clink. Clink
"Less champagne as dress color more champagne in glasses" - Mindy Kaling
Let’s toast Virgil Abloh for designing a champagne bottle for Moët & Chandon, Lenny Kravitz for becoming Dom Pérignon’s First Global Creative Director and Fortune writer Rachel King for exploring the gender gap in the bubbly business. Also toasting Tawnya Falkner, owner of sparkling wine and rosé brand Le Grand Courtage for this gem in Rachel’s article:
Falkner said when she goes to distributors and selling to restaurants, they don’t even consider how to pitch and market to more demographics. “They’re completely missing the boat for Hispanic, Asian, and African-American consumers,” Falkner said.
Champagne brands, listen to Tawnya, ok? #blackgirlslovebubbly
xo,
Sheena
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P.P.S. Next week, I’m introducing a new segment called “I’ll Have What She’s Having!” Stay tuned…
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