(My) 10 Tips for New Year’s Eve Fizz

barone pizzini rosato franciacorta bestHoly Crap… New Year’s 2015 marks four years that I’ve been posting about wine on Eating Our Words, the Houston Press food and restaurant blog.

The Houston Press is the Bayou City’s weekly rag, akin to the Village Voice and the LA Weekly (it’s owned by the Voice media group).

The blog has had its ups and downs since I moved to Texas. But I’ve really cherished the freedom to post about workaday wine matters that matter to me.

My blog, Do Bianchi, is mostly about our lives and the role that Italian wine and food play in it. So it’s been great to write about the world of wine beyond Italy on Eating Our Words.

And it’s been rewarding to focus on the challenges and thrills of drinking well in a still underserved market where a growing band of ambitious and courageous wine professionals are trying to reshape the Texas wine scene.

People seem to enjoy it and I’ve enjoyed the writing.

As I sat down to rehash the perennial rules-of-thumb for sparkling wine, I realized that the best advice that I could ever give is that the wine is only as good as the persons with whom you share it. I’ve tasted so many incredible wines this year but as I look back on 2014, I remember that the best ones where always with the people whom I care about most.

Please click here to check out my 10 Tips for New Year’s Eve Bubbles.

Thank you to everyone who’s been there and here in 2014. It’s been a year full of light and darkness, high highs and low lows. But there’s always been something interesting to share, an undiscovered wine newly arrived, or an previously unknown grape newly delivered. I really appreciate your being here. It truly means the world to me.

Happy New Year to all! I hope you taste something great tomorrow night and I wish you all good things for a healthy and happy 2015!

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