Blanc de Noirs NV:
90 Points & Top 100 - Wine Spectator
French for “white of black”, Blanc de Noirs describes a sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir grapes, by pressing them gently and running the pale juice over the skins.
Pale Salmon in color, the Blanc de Noirs has aromas of berry and pear, complimented by a rich, round mouth feel on the palate. It finishes with a layer of cream and pleasant, warm toastiness. Incredibly versatile with all styles of food!
Gruet Sauvage NV:
Gruet Sauvage NV is a bone-dry sparkler, pale straw in color with a delicate but persistent mousse. The aromas of bright mineral and citrus notes tickle the nose followed by touches of green apple, lemon and grapefruit. The finish is structured, flavorful and long. The bright acidity makes this wine a perfect pairing for oysters, sushi and cream sauces.
Gruet Brut NV:
90 Points & Top 100 - Wine Spectator
Brut NV was our first wine released in 1989. As the predominant grape used in Champagne, “We wanted our first sparkling wine to express the finesse of Chardonnay”- Laurent Gruet. More than twenty years later, our Brut NV remains our flagship sparkling wine for both quality and price.
Wonderful aromas of green apple and citrus with mineral notes make for a delightful start to this traditional sparkler. Our Brut NV offers bright, crisp acidity complimented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. A classic house style!
Winery: Gruet Winery
Owner: Gruet Family
Location: New Mexico
Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Methode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers.
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@karenhynes The state store carries them, but for almost double the price. There are better options in the $15-20 range,imo. For $10 it would be an auto buy. Though I need to wander over to the bigger shop on 2nd before the snow Thursday, I might just grab a handful of fizzy wines in that range to compare.
@karenhynes@MaceKates For Brut style, I like Maschio Sparkling Prosecco Brut or
Saint Hilaire Sparkling Brut. The Saint Hilaire is a touch softer, and the bottle looks more impressive than the price tag, so it’s a good one to pull out for guests who aren’t into wine but think they know anything about it. My usual go to is La Marca Prosecco, it’s slightly sweeter, but that works well when you’re doing waffles with jam and the like. (And while it’s not fancy, the barefoot winery fizz aren’t bad either. Not something I’d pull out for company, but decent.) I’ve also had the liquor store employees give good suggestions too, so if in doubt, tell them how much you want to spend and the style you’re looking for, and they can guide you easily. At least at the ones by me, the staff really know their stuff.
@Ammerie@phendrick@wnance One of those things where you pretty much already know the producer and product and know you want it. If not for the above, then possibly because of all the chatter shouting “auto buy” from those that do know and want. Generally something with a very high QPR, but not always, could just be a terrific bottle at a more than fair, but perhaps not screaming, price. Think, for a few examples, Corison, Iron Horse, Scott Harvey, Pedroncelli, Bell clone 6, and Wellington of past, to name just a few…
@rjquillin I stretched the $$ to get that Bell Casemates case earlier this year, and boy am I glad I did! (and Pedroncelli, Harvey, Gruet, WineSmith, Wellington, etc. I had to buy Corison from an actual store…)
@kasandrae They’d all do just fine, but do yourself a favor and try the sauvage on its own if you’re not familiar with the style. Not everyone is a fan of sparkling/Champagne with no dosage, they are kind of unique. I happen to really enjoy them and find them extremely food friendly. Matter of fact if you don’t like the style you’ll probably prefer it in the mimosa.
@jchasma@pseudogourmet98 I was told they sent multiples out to remote kickstarter party hosts, that were meant to be shared with others, the catch being that each person could use only one coupon. So if you didn’t have that many people to share with, you would be left with some extras. And they expire at the end of the year.
To anyone who’s in the unenviable situation of watching their coupons expire and thinks it would be nice to give one away rather than see it go to waste, feel free to whisper me for my email address. Happy to help!
I have never been able to buy Gruet directly here in OH, which is a bummer. But I’ve been lucky enough to buy thru here and WW, and have it shipped to a fellow CaseMater in NY, and we arrange a swap at a later point. Thanks @ddeuddeg and @chipgreen
I was in Santa Fe in May, and visited Gruet’s tasting room. I thought since I was there I could sweet talk them into shipping to me in OH…no luck.
But…we did get to sample more of their bubbles and some of their still wine. From what I understand, their still wine can only be purchased thru their wine club or in the tasting rooms. Their still wines were as tasty as their sparklers. We walked out with enough wine to keep us happy for our two week trip.
We took a bottle of their Vintage Sauvage to the rim of the Grand Canyon for a picnic dinner…remarkable evening!
If this ships to your state and you like bubbles…you can’t go wrong, especially with the holidays around the corner. Just saying.
@mrn1 I need to get to Wooster some time in the next month or so to pick up some Scott Harvey wines I ordered last spring at the wine dinner. If you need the Gruet, have it shipped to me, and we’ll find a way to get it to you.