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Ladies, join us for our Summer Sparkling Party! For our sparkle theme, we'll quaff sparkling wine, nosh on wine-friendly appetizers, and show off our sparkling clothes, jewelry, shoes, and makeup!

Please bring a bottle of sparkling wine, $12+ ($8+ if from Total Wine), and a food item to share so that we will plenty for all to enjoy. Post what you plan to bring in the RSVPs so we can all plan.

Sparkling Wine: Sparkling wine is produced worldwide from grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Glera, and many more. Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and other bubblies are produced using two fermentations. **See Wine Geek Speak below**

Wines to consider bringing: Champagne, Cava (they have great ones at Total Wine starting at $8--grocery store will run you nearly $20 for one of a similar quality), Prosecco, and sparkling wines from California, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Virginia, New Mexico (Gruet is a favorite!), France, Austria, Germany, and others. France alone has many delicious sparkling wine regions including Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, and the Languedoc.

Food Items: Please bring a food item that pairs well with sparkling wine. Here's a list of items to get your culinary juices flowing:

-Guacamole and tortilla Chips (Abbi Kadabra is bringing this)

-Strawberries

-Insalata Caprese (mozzarella, basil, and tomato salad with olive oil)

-Cheeses, especially those with earthy flavors like Brie

-Shrimp, Crab, Scallops, or other seafood or a seafood dip

-Sushi

-Air-Popped Popcorn with Olive Oil and Sea Salt or with Truffle Oil & Sea Salt (I have this one covered!)

**Wine Geek Speak Ahead: The first fermentation creates a still wine much like a traditional white wine. The second fermentation is induced when Yeast + Sugar are added to the still wine an enclosed container, either the bottle or a tank, and produce Carbon Dioxide + Alcohol, which are both trapped in the still wine. The Carbon Dioxide gives the still wine its sparkle and bubbles and the alcohol level raises about 1% compared to the base still wine. The yeast is then removed before final corking/bottling. Champagne and Cava both use the wine bottle as the closed container to enhance the earthiness, nuttiness, or yeastiness of the wine while Prosecco uses a tank for the second fermentation to preserve the fresh, fruit flavor.

To being fabulous!

Elizabeth Taylor

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Web: http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.com

Elizabeth (Beth) Taylor specializes in total makeovers, feminization and transformations for MtF crossdressers, bigender women, transgender women, and transsexual women and has transformed over 250 girls. Beth loves working with first-timers and helping girls to embrace their femininity and beauty. She helps girls grow their confidence and get involved in the DC Metro Area trans-women online and in-person communities if and when they are ready.