“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup.  All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped; but with others, drink the whole bottle.”  ~Paulo Coelho de Souza, Brazilian Lyricist & Novelist

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 “What rhymes with tonight?!  Wine.” ~Yours Truly.  Author, The Client Bar

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“The difference between wine tasting and drinking is paying attention.”  ~Steven Spurrier, British Wine Expert, Honorary WSET President

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“Drinking wine was not snobbism, nor a sign of sophistication, nor a cult; it was as natural as eating and to me as necessary.” ~Ernest Hemingway, American Novelist

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“The connoisseur does not drink wine, but tastes of its secrets.” ~Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Spanish Artist

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“Beer is made by men, wine by God!” ~Martin Luther

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“Fan the flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship and pass the rosy wine.” ~Charles Dickens

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“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”  ~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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At Domaine Chandon in Yountville, California atop the grassy knoll overlooking the estate vineyards across the valley.  Arrive early, before the tourists and limo busses of bachelorette parties arrive, and you can enjoy bubbles in the stillness of the morning.