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Is it just me, or does the tickle of sparkling wine feel a little like falling in love? If elegant flutes, antique ice buckets, and fresh-squeezed mimosas inspire butterflies to dance in your stomach, you may want to mark your calendar for this year's Bubblyfest by the Sea. The cork pops at the Avila Beach Golf Resort this Oct. 5 through 8, and you better believe the foamy, fantastic spray will shower every which way. Slurp up the wines of Alsace, J Vineyards, Gloria Ferrar, Voveti, and 60 other top sparkling wine and Champagne producers from around the world; enjoy rare opportunities to learn from winemakers about their products and get a sneak peek at upcoming vintages; attend eye-opening seminars; and savor a Bubbly at Sunset four-course sparkling wine dinner—if that's your thing. Personally, I'm pretty jazzed (pun intended) about the upcoming Gatsby-inspired Cocktails and Corks Champagne Party. Because, for some reason, sequins and stockings just aren't the same without that heady, bubbly drink in hand. That's right folks. Let it go to your head!

Oct. 5 through 8; bubblyfest.com. Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain is practicing her Charleston. She can be reached at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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