Thursday, March 29, 2012
Drinking Local: Gruet Sparkling Wine
I like to mark milestones and special occasions with a fun and festive glass of sparkling wine. Lucky for us, we've had lots of occasions to drink sparkling wine at our house lately - starting new jobs, skiing breakthroughs, New Mexico statehood, accomplishing goals, etc. We always drink Gruet sparkling wine - usually the Blanc de Noirs - but if you can find it, the Gruet Sauvage is my favorite. The Gruet Winery is located in New Mexico and run by a brother and sister team from the Champagne region of France. They grow their grapes on a vineyard near Truth or Consequences in Southern New Mexico.
Gruet's website describes the Blanc de Noirs as rich and toasty, balanced and superb. I find it light and pleasing, dry with just a hint of fruitiness and all around refreshing. A great way to celebrate any occasion!
This is a tasty and affordable sparking wine. It sells for $14.99 a bottle here, but I often find it on sale for $12.99. Unless I'm buying French Champagne, which I really can't afford, I stick with Gruet.
We served Gruet at our wedding, and it was a hit.