Sun, Surf and Champagne!

One of my favorite photos of “George Gershwin” our 18-year-old kitty. Sadly he passed away this week. He was an inside kitty but loved to play out on our deck whenever we were out there. He kept a good eye on our champagne glasses to make sure they were always full.  Miss you my sweet boy!

For years we’ve named our kitty cats after big band musicians (we love big band!)…

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Ginger Rogers, Maxine Andrews, Cole Porter, George Gershwin…but we are starting to run short on names, so maybe we should start naming our kitties after champagnes… Charles Heidsieck, Henri Giraud,  Pol Roger perhaps?

Pol Roger NV Brut Champagne ~ $40 – $50 range.  Consists of one-third pinot noir, one-third pinot meunier and one-third chardonnay grapes. Pear, honeysuckle and toast notes. Nicely balanced with tiny bubbles dancing around the glass.

Pol Roger’s Philosophy: 

There is that moment
when the spirit of Pol Roger is revealed.

One may think one knows champagne and yet, that day, one truly discovers it.

Pol Roger was Winston Churchill’s favorite champagne house.

My tastes are simple: I am easily satisfied with the best. ~ Winston Churchill

Food and Wine Magazine recommends pairing Pol Roger Champagne with Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze. Here’s a link to the recipe:

pol roger champagne

squirrel sign

Always love our local wine shops creative signs…thank you Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar!

Sun and surf is always good for the soul and we had lots of both last week.

I found these Limited Batch Cape Cod Roasted Black Garlic Potato Chips at the beach. Delicious!


Wine, one sip of this will bathe the drooping spirits beyond the bliss of dreams. Be wise and taste.  ~ John Milton

We had fun tasting J Vineyards & Winery NV Brut Rosé, Russian River Valley while we were enjoying sun and surf.  $40 range.  66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 1% Pinot Meunier. Pretty salmon color with lots of little bubbles dancing around in the glass. Slightly acidic with a dry finish. Elegant mouth-feel with notes of strawberry, ripe red apples and toasted hazelnuts.

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 Veuve Clicquot sunglasses!


Veuve Clicquot robe and matching slippers. A fabulous surprise from my wonderful husband.

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wine sign

Now back at home I am looking forward to Fall (begins September 22!) with my favorite hot tea…The Republic of Tea Hot Apple Cider Tea. $11 per container…may seem expensive, but each container has 36 tea bags in it which equates to .30 per cup. Yummmmmm…

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8 thoughts on “Sun, Surf and Champagne!

  1. Nancy September 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Love the robe!

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  2. Becky Ellis September 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Thank you! Hope you had lots of fun in the sun over the Labor Day Weekend too!


  3. Margaret Hamilton September 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm Reply

    So sorry about your kitty. Want to hear all about your beach trip!


  4. Mary Ellen Stokes September 6, 2017 at 1:08 am Reply

    Oh, no, Becky. We didn’t know about Gershwin. I am so sad for you and Lou. When did this happen? You know that our thoughts are with you, AND Gershwin. He’s being welcomed by Sparky. Oh, heck…….those guys are gonna be hitting everything, including “champagne-a-la” whatever. Hugs and love to you both…….

    MES and Bill


  5. Fourth Generation Farmgirl September 6, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Becky, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved George Gershwin. That picture of him is adorable. Thinking of you.


  6. Jhuls September 8, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Thank you for sharing this post with us at Fiesta Friday party. Have a fun weekend!


  7. Dagmara September 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply

    I love Champagne, especially Veuve Clicquot. 🙂 Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of your cats, I am sorry to hear of your loss. They definitely become members of our families. Cherish those beautiful memories! Have a nice weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Becky Ellis September 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

      Thank you for your sweet reply, very thoughtful of you.


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