Pas de Deux Sparkles

There are some dishes and desserts that can garner fame.  My mom has always been an amazing cook.  If you know her, and it’s your birthday, you can count on something special.  Especially if you like coconut.  Mention of her coconut cake causes friends and family to audibly sigh.  It is a guaranteed show-stopper, a cake that needs a special partner.

Coconut Cake (sans frosting)
Coconut Cake (sans frosting)

You can’t have a celebration without bubbles.   So when we got together to celebrate my brother-in-law’s birthday, I planned ahead and chilled a bottle of bubbles, Pas de Deux from The Biltmore Estate.  Translated, the name means “a dance for two” and it is, indeed, an excellent partner.

I admit that I was hesitant.  Because this sparkler is considered “sec,” one with a higher residual sugar content, I wasn’t sure if I would like it.  I generally like my bubbles dry, but with the cake, this was perfect.  Pale yellow with a bit of green, lovely little bubbles, and a great nose.  Sweet cream and citrus.  On the palate, intense perfumed fruit.  Maybe tropical?  Guava?  Something round and soft with a citrusy finish.  I thought grapefruit, they say lemon.

It doesn’t take many turns around the dance floor to know if you’ve partnered well.  A great partner makes you spin and shine in ways you didn’t know you could.  The wrong match can lead to bruised egos and toes.  Pas de Deux made an already fabulous cake even better.  I would imagine its dance card would fill up quickly at any celebration.

*{Disclosure: I was provided with these wines from PR Firm, Folsom & Associates. All statements and opinions expressed in this article are my own.}

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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