Tonight, we celebrated my father-in-law’s 70th birthday and HH’s new job.

And we did it up right.


Hot dogs.

Mac and cheese.

Red velvet cake.

Dom Perignon.

Yep…that’s right!

No, I have not lost my mind.

In fact, I have been plotting, planning, hoping, praying and waiting for more than 2 years to have an occasion worthy of popping open this very elegant bottle of bubbly.

In 2010 (I think), HH and I attended a great fundraiser for a local college.  The tickets were purchased by my company and the event was lovely, but as usual, with our fragile economic situation, we did not have much to contribute to the silent or live auction.  However, there was a very cool option that I had never seen before: a blind auction.

On a pair of tables, there were 50 bottles of red, white and sparkling wines, all wrapped up in plain brown paper bags.  For $25, you could buy one of the bottles and have confidence that you would, at the very least, come home with a decent bottle of vino.  However, for one lucky buyer, you came home with a wonderful bottle of Dom Perignon 2002.

You could not touch the bottles, but you could eye-ball them to death and that is what HH and I did.  When we both had picked our “winner”, we negotiated to decide I decided which was the one we would claim.  And them we went on with our evening until it was time to collect the bottles.

Obviously, we won!  We took our little paper bag into a corner to peek and, much to our delight, we saw the famous gold label. (I had a suspicion the moment they handed it to me when I felt the curves of the glass.)

We got it home and just ogled it.  We did research on it.  It is was a really good bottle of Dom.

“The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009….96”

We talked about what it would take to open it.  And while there are lots of occasions worthy of celebration, we both knew that the biggest thing on our wish list was the end of HH’s unemployment.

So we said we’d wait until the big day.

And now, two years later, we decided that today, when HH passed his first exam at work with a 96% and when his dad celebrated a BIG birthday after a rough year of health ups and downs…well…today was the day.

With cheeseburgers on the grill, Kraft mac and cheese on the stove and red velvet birthday cake waiting on the counter, we popped open our first ever bottle of really expensive champagne.

And it was sweet, exciting and absolutely delicious.

The champagne was good too.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!!


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