What to Drink This Weekend - 08/12/16 - Gruet Sauvage Blanc de Blancs

Prosecco is delicate, pale in color with a fragrant note of elderflower, citrus and sherbet. A fun fizz to sip with friends. Memories of warm summer evenings, outdoor parties and get togethers come to mind. The warmth of summer seems long ago as the New England winter arrives and the nights draw in.  As the seasons change, so do my tastes and while I still want a glass of sparkling wine, I would like something a little more substantial and rich. A Champagne flute filled with sparkling bubbles is like tinsel on the Christmas tree. Fun and festive, celebration and optimism in a glass. 

While we decorate the Christmas tree this weekend, I plan to sip a glass of Gruet Sauvage Blanc de Blancs, Non Vintage Sparkling Wine. This delicious sparkler is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Blanc de Blancs, means that the wine is made from white grapes and Sauvage is 100% Chardonnay. It is made in the 'Method Champenoise' and the resulting wine has a rounded flavor and depth where Prosecco is light and floral.  Sauvage has a nose and palate showing citrus and notes of toasted bread. A touch of honey and baked apple persist with a round, hazelnut finish. A bone dry wine, my tasting note is comparable to one I would write if tasting Champagne. We have some yeasty toasted notes and the famous persistent small bubbles, also known as 'mousse'. A sophisticated wine. All we are missing is the Champagne price tag! This wine retails around $20-$25 a bottle and can be purchased in local wine stores.


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