Clara C Prosecco! Perfect to welcome back you-know-who…

Alright, peoples.  This is going to be hard for me to write.  But I know it will appeal to many of you out there, so here goes…

Hey, everyone!  Football is starting next week!  What could be better than BUBBLES to welcome back your beloved Gamecocks?!  Well, lucky for you this non-football fan is looking out for you!  I’ve got a delicious little bottle of Prosecco that would taste simply delicious while you wait on line for your football tickets… oh, wait, drinking on the street is illegal.  Well, it will taste good the morning of the first football game to get yourself psyched up.  It’s great by itself, but it would mix quite well with fresh OJ for a mimosa.  Are mimosa’s illegal for Gamecock fans?  Seeing as they’re orange?  This is why I’m not a football fan; things like this are very foreign to me.  Perhaps a bloody mary would be more appropriate.  I really don’t know.  I’m trying very hard here.  You can’t possibly understand how little a Yankee like me knows about College football.  In New England, there is only the NFL.  I know it’s tough to imagine, but there really is no such thing as College football anywhere but the South.  I’m not trying to rain on your parade, or for heaven’s sake doubt the importance of the Cocks, but just keep that in mind…


Little Clara here will be at the Wine Sale this Saturday the 29th (12-2) for $12, and we’re also pouring it by the glass here at Cellar right now.  It’s a pretty, delicate wine, with light citrus and green apples on the nose, and a touch of something flowery… honeysuckle, maybe.  Nice amount of bubbles.  I know that sounds like a wierd thing to say about a sparkling wine, but sometimes I find Prosecco’s don’t have quite enough to really make me feel like I’m drinking a sparkling wine.  It’s fairly dry, but not bone-dry.  I think it’s a steal for $12.  And it really would make a perfect mimosa.  Get you some fresh OJ… mmm.  That’s where it’s at.  You could even save Clara for the day AFTER the first game of the season when you need a little “hair-of-the-dog.”  There is really nothing quite like a mimosa with a late morning greasy breakfast to cure a hangover. 

A quick plea before I sign off… remember those home football games you love so much?  Well, we here in the restaurant business TRY to love them… but it’s very hard when it feels like your restaurant gets ditched faster than Jennifer Aniston whenever there’s a game.  I’m not saying you shouldn’t go… goodness, no… just don’t forget about us completely.  Stop in and grab a glass of wine an extra time that week.  We miss you.  Really. 

Hope to see everyone at the sale on Saturday!

Francoise Chauvenet NV Brut

Alright, so it’s high time I included a bubby in my blog.  Especially in time for the wine sale TOMORROW where you can snag this delicious little guy for $9!!  Yes, per bottle!  Plus, as an added bonus, this bottle is French, which means it LOOKS expensive.  Oh, you didn’t know that?  Everything that’s French looks expensive, it’s a widely accepted rule.  That means it’s the perfect bottle to serve at a party for some friends.  You could even learn to say it properly- “Franswaz Show-ven-ay.”  Just picture all the people you can impress.  Or, if you’re like me, you can sit in bed and drink it out of a cheap wine glass from World Market, in your sweatpants, while you download songs on iTunes, and put off cleaning the house- impressing no one.  But that is the great thing about inexpensive wine- you can open it for yourself and not feel obligated to do anything special at all!


See?  There it is, on my nightstand next to the cheap wine glass.  Moving on, let’s get some descriptors going for this little guy: it’s a nice pale yellow in color, smells light and fresh and fruity.  Has a bit of honey, straw, some toast… it has a nice delicacy that I love in a bubbly.  Goes down soooo easily, so easy to drink!  I got so distracted writing this that I burned my dinner.  I wasn’t planning on going out tonight, but it looks like little Francoise here has forced me to… funny how Champagne can do that, isn’t it?

Well, I don’t feel the need to be overly verbose when it comes to this wine- it’s fantastic, and it’s $9.  What else do you need to know?  And if you’re not convinced, come down to Cellar on Greene tomorrow between 12 and 2 and taste for yourself!  Plus- you can pick up some OPALA Vinho Verde and Atteca Grenache, too!  They’ll be there!  Hope to see everyone then!