The night before my birthday, I had an epiphany. As I’ve mentioned before, I like to do something small, but special, to celebrate. I had been planning on charting an urban hike through San Francisco. But after casually scrolling through the list I keep of local adventures I hope to embark on, I realized – the wine country is only a short drive away! Why not head up for some champagne in the sunshine?
After stopping in Yountville to pick up a few treats at Bouchon Bakery, we drove over to Napa to sip champagne at Domaine Carneros.
I chose Domaine Carneros not only because I love their champagne, but also because they have a magnificent veranda, from which you can take in a sweeping view of the vineyard-covered hills. I was hoping that the trees would be in bloom. Domaine Carneros did not disappoint.
We shared a sparkling wine flight, and took home a bottle of our favorite–the 2008 LD Brut (which “offers enchanting aroma of white flowers and honeycomb with notes of passion fruit and toasted hazel nut with a luxuriously long finish”)–as a memory to uncork later.
The trouble is, now I can’t stop thinking of champagne! In particular, what might pair well with it to make a signature cocktail?
Do you have a go-to drink? I think (just as I am enchanted by the idea of a signature scent) I am fascinated by the prospect of a signature cocktail, because I am rather clumsy when it comes to ordering drinks. I know I like bourbon. I know I like tequila. I know I like champagne. Aside from that…? Having a signature cocktail would streamline ordering – I could belly up to the bar knowing exactly what I want.
This may require further testing.
In the mean time, I’ve decided to make my own cocktail. For our wedding, we had bellinis (peaches and prosecco)- which took full advantage of the fact that we were smack dab in the peak of peach season. I drink one every August to conjure the day.
Since it is now February, I thought it would be fitting to mix a cocktail reflecting the riots of blossoms outside. Something floral…
Enter rose geranium. I’ve been dabbing half a drop on my wrist and adding 10 drops to the base of my shower for it’s purported uplifting qualities (and because I think the smell is lovely), but it turns out that it is also safe to take internally.
A drop in the bottom of your champagne bottle is perfection.