Normally, I refrain from posting anything that is particular patriotic, political, or US centric because hey – you never know who is reading my blog these days. Today however, I feel like I have a lot to celebrate: It’s over 60 degrees in San Francisco and there is no fog on the 4th, which has happened maybe 3 times in the 36 years that I have lived here I don’t have to work today horray! Any time I get an extra day off to drink, eat, and play is fine by me! There are great tunes playing on KFOG, my local passion radio station. You can listen online too – and I highly recommend it! So, here I am, making cookies for home made Its Its (if you don’t know what an Its It is, I feel sorry for you! A Bay Area institution, this ice cream sandwich concoction is heaven in a freezer) and I popped open the Domaine Carneros Brut Rose. Domaine Carneros makes some of my favorite domestic bubbly, and I never say no when there is some in the fridge chilling. A pale salmon copper color, this bubbly is 58% pinot noir and 42% chardonnay, where traditionally blanc de noir is all pinot. Crisp and refreshing, there are dry wild strawberries and white peaches. A touch of shale and mineral gives this a nice refreshing body with hints of orange juice (no i did NOT make a mimosa first!) and spicy back notes on the finish. It really is the perfect brunch beverage and I am enjoying it on my lazy summer day. For $35, this is a MUST BUY if you love bubbly! Happy drinking! Thank you Tattinger (parent of Domaine Carneros) for providing me this yummy treat for today!