Archive for December, 2008

Tiny bubbles in the wine.

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Most people only think about sparkling wine (aka Champagne) around New Year’s Eve or when they are planning a wedding. No surprise then that most people don’t know much about those tiny bubbles (did you know that some people estimate that a bottle of sparkling wine can have up to 250 million bubbles! No wonder it goes straight to your head)! So in honor of NYE and all those awesome 2009 weddings coming up, I thought I would give a quick and simple sparkling wine primer.

(This is Penny and Shannon from a their New Year’s Eve wedding several years ago – there was lots of bubbly at their wedding!)

Regional Varieties:
Champagne – dates all the way back to the 14th century and is often used as a blanket term for all sparkling wines but technically it refers only to the wine from the Champagne region in France. Champagne often comes with a higher price tag than other sparklers so if you are just looking for the bubbles, try another variety. It can be a good money saver, especially if you are doing a ‘champagne toast’ at your wedding and very, very few people will ever know the difference.

Cremant – sparkling wine made in France in regions other than Champagne.

Cava – sparkling wine from Spain.

Prosecco, Spumante, Asti – different varieties of sparkling wine originating from Italy.

Sekt – sparkling wine from Germany.

Cap Classique – sparkling wine from South Africa.

Sweetness:
Extra Brut or Brut Naturale – really, really dry
Brut – dry and the most common sweetness among Champagne
Sec – dry with a touch of sweet, the middle of the road
Demi-Sec – sweet
Doux – basically desert in a bottle

Grapes:
Traditional sparkling wines are made from some combination of three types of grapes – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. If you know wine, you know that Chardonnay is a white grape and the Pinots are red. The combination of these grapes give the wine their flavor and color. The bottle can give you a clue of what grapes were used.

Blanc de Blanc – ‘white of white’ in French. Chardonnay grapes are the only ones used.

Blanc de Noir – ‘white of black’ in French. This is a pale champagne made from either only Pinot Noir or both Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. During the wine making process, the red grape skins are pulled before they can tint the wine red.

Rose – ‘pink’ in French. Contains some percentage of the Pinot grapes which tints it pink. Pink Champagne on ice, anyone? (can you name that song?)

Vintage versus Non-Vintage:
Put simply, Vintage wines are usually made in small batches and are not blended. Non-Vintage wines are the most common and generally blended for consistency – vintners may blend different batches to recreate the same taste from year to year.

Enjoy your bubbly and Happy New Year! I hope that 2009 is the best year yet!

101 Things Update

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

I have gotten a few things done on my list – I am under 700 days now and have completed a total of 17 items on my list with 2 in progress. That leaves 82 to go!

Some recently completed items:

19. Visit Disneyworld
Randy, Ellie and I visited Mickey and Minnie on December 8 and 9, 2008. It was too, too much fun!

23. Join the Columbus Zoo
Grandma and Grandpa gave us a zoo membership for Christmas 2008.

32. Take Ellie to COSI
We had so much fun, we wound up joining back in October.

70. Cook Thanksgiving dinner
I cooked Thanksgiving 2008 for Randy, Ellie and me.

87. Create an editorial calendar for �Weddings Unveiled��
LOTS of fun stuff coming up for 2009.

98. VOTE in the ’08 Presidential Election.
Ellie went with me and got to wear my sticker after we finished.

99. Read at least 20 books a year (20/20)
Actually read way more than 20, might have to up this for next time.

That is it for now – watch for another update in a few weeks. I have some things in the works so should be able to add at least one or two more check marks!

End of the Year Housekeeping

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Wow, am I the only one who is a touch shocked to see that 2008 is just about over?

A few things for the end of the year:

*I am going shopping next week for the Mid Ohio Food Bank and thanks to everyone who commented, I am donating $225 worth of food to them. I will be sure to take pictures and share. Thanks to everyone who commented!

*Almost time to update your bookmarks! We are working on a new blog which means a new address – once it is up and running, I will update with that info.

*We are starting some really cool blog series including:
-Friday Flowers – a weekly look at different flowers to consider when designing your wedding including common and uncommon blooms. We are going to cover roses, of course, but watch for protea too.
-Vendor Conversations – we are finally continuing what we started way back in early 2008. Conversations with some of our favorite (and we think some of the best) vendors in Columbus. We are naming names and talking everything you need to know about photographers, videographers, florists, entertainment, makeup artists and more!
-101 Things. I am down to under 700 days on my 2nd round of 101 Things and need to get moving! So, watch for updates every other week of progress – even if that progress is nonexistent!

2009 has been a fantastic year! We were a part of some great weddings, got to work with some really incredible vendors, moved into our new studio (!) and really reconfirmed that this is exactly where we are supposed to be. Thanks to everyone we met and worked with along the way – can’t wait for 2009!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Winter Solstice, Festivus or what ever name you give your celebration.

I hope that 2009 brings us all more joy, more peace, more health and more love than any previous year.

We are taking a few days off – see you in 2009.

Cans for Comments

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Randy and I were sitting down to make our Holiday card list this weekend and realized that with the length of our list and the cards that I wanted (you all know that I am a bit of a paper fiend and had picked a rather pricey one) and the price of postage, we were going to spend nearly $200! We got to talking and the thought of spending that much money on something that will probably be tossed out when there are children who won’t have much to eat simply broke my heart.

So, in lieu of cards this year, we are going to take that money and buy food for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and donate it in honor of our friends and family. We’ll still send out a card but it will be via email instead – that’s better for the environment anyway.

When I first heard about Cans for Comments (on Anne Ruthmann’s Blog and from Liene over at Blue Orchid Blog) I thought it was kind of a natural partner to our Holiday card donation as well so here’s the deal:

For every comment left on this blog through December 25, I will add another $1 to our donation to the Mid Ohio Food Bank. I will be making the donation after the holidays because all too often the donations drop off drastically after the holidays even though the need is still there!

Feel free to spread the word – the more comments the better, obviously! Be sure to visit other bloggers who are donating Cans for Comments.

Happy Holidays – oh, and if you want our email card, please be sure to include your email in your comment.

Blue, Red and EDEP

Monday, December 1st, 2008

So what do Blue Skies Videography, Red Gallery Photography and Emilie Duncan Event Planning all have in common? As of today, we share an address and shiny new keys!

Our new shared studio address is 2 South State Street, Westerville, OH, 43081. The studio is at the corner of State and College in uptown Westerville – across from Graeter’s. Obviously, a fabulous location!

My mailing address will stay the same (PO Box 1173, Worthington, OH, 43085) but my meetings will take place at the studio. I can’t wait to show everyone the new space and as soon as the painting and flooring and furniture are done and Lisa and Clay take some fabulous pictures, I will be sure to share.

I am super excited about the space but especially about sharing the space with Julie and Chris from Blue Skies and Lisa and Clay from Red Gallery. They are amazing professionals and just really cool people. This is the beginning of a string of new things for EDEP and I will be sharing those developments very soon as well.