Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bubbly & Caviar at Four Seasons Aviara

Now that the Black Friday shopping spree is out of the way, it's time to get to what the holidays are really about: spending time with friends eating and drinking - preferably something with bubbles!

You can do both in style at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara this month, as they've come up with some creative ways to make champagne and sparkling wine part of the season. Chef Pierre Abaladejo has created a four course dinner that's being paired with some of Moet et Chandon's finest vintage champagnes including the Dom Perignon 1999. The Dec. 12 dinner is $125 per person and is presented by Aviara's Wine Club. Members pay $180 a year and get to rub shoulders with famous winemakers at exclusive monthly events; they also receive a break on corkage fees, discounts on wines being featured at the events and a complimentary dinner for two at the resort's Northern Italian restaurant Vivace.

If you're in need of some pampering, then head to Aviara's Spa for the decadent Caviar & Champagne Delight. The treatment begins with a caviar-extract back and foot scrub which helps exfoliate and stimulate cellular
rejuvenation. A relaxing body massage with a signature blend of champagne shimmer cream comes next. Afterwards, bliss out in the Relaxation Lounge and sip a glass of Domaine Chandon Brut. The special 50-minute treatment is being offered through early January and costs $175.

If you can't make it to Aviara for inspiration, visit the Domaine Chandon web site for clever ideas on pairing sparkling wine with food, decor and recipes.

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