We start with a sip of sherry and savory bites from Spain at La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley. Then we globetrot to Southeast Asia for a bowl of Drunken Noodles and more, in the contemporary environ of Arun Thai in Novato. Finally, we indulge our Cal cuisine cravings at Copper Spoon Cocktails & Kitchen in Oakland.
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My name is Leslie Sbrocco and I'm the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine, beer, and spirits the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. I will also share some wine, beer and spirits tips with each episode. This week I discuss: Cava.
Thibaut-Janisson ‘Blanc de Chardonnay’ Sparkling Wine, Virginia $34
When I tasted this, I was convinced it was sparkling wine from France. Complexity coupled with creamy crispness made me think I was sipping a high-end, grower Champagne. Well, that wasn’t too far from the truth. I was simply in the wrong country. This beautiful wine is from Virginia. That’s right…Virginia. A state now ranking high on my list of great wine regions in the United States. This bubbly is crafted by Claude Thibaut and Manuel Janisson, both of whom bring generations of tradition from their homeland of Champagne, France. (I knew Champagne had to figure in somewhere with this gorgeous wine.) Crafted from all chardonnay grapes in the traditional method, it’s a sparkling that deserves accolades.