Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wine Wednesday

In celebration of last week's
Wine Tasting Day
that Jesse & I did, I felt like Wine Wednesday this week should be good.
And, with the holidays coming up, this is what I am going to purchase for Thanksgiving this year:
Domaine Ste Michelle
Brut Sparkling Wine

If you are curious what a sparkling wine is,
it is like a champagne but without the grapes from France.
You cannot have a champagne from the US unless its grape certified to be sold as a champagne.
I've heard there is one place in the US that is able to do this, which is in

There are several different kinds of sparkling wine from Domaine Ste Michelle:
Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noirs, Brut, Extra Dry, & Luxe.
Here is a description of each so that you can find the one that you like:
{courtesy of Domaine Ste Michelle}

Blanc de Blanc
Style – Dry to medium dry
Aromas – Pear & pineapple
Flavors – Crisp green apple and a toast coconut finish
Pair with – Brie, chocolate desserts or creamy dishes

Blanc de Noirs
Style -- Medium Dry
Aromas -- Spicy ripe raspberry and strawberry
Flavors -- Delicate raspberry and fresh strawberry
Pair with -- Fresh berries & melons, Asian-inspired cuisine

Style -- Not too dry or sweet
Aromas -- Apple and citrus
Flavors -- Citrus with a light toasty finish
Pair with -- Spicy fries, artichoke or cheese dips, calamari and salty snacks

Extra Dry
Style -- Slightly Sweet
Aromas -- Rich, sweet, creamy
Flavors -- Deep apple with a lingering toasty finish
Pair with -- Sushi, Pan-Asian cuisine, Mexican food, or anything spicy

Named for the international unit of illumination, Luxe is the product of diligence, finesse, discipline, patience and extraordinary raw materials.  Blended for complexity, flavor, and balance, it is a classic Blanc de Blancs vintage sparkling wine crafted in teh time honored methode champenoise tradition.  After primary fermentation in oak barrels, and 9-10 months of sur lie aging (aging on residual yeast), only the best lots of this first-press wine are used to blend the base wine.  Sur lie aging the bottled wine for 5 years gives it a lovely complexity.

Happy Wining!


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