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Always keep a bottle of Sparkling wine in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes, the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Sparkling wine in the fridge.

It’s a rainy Saturday here in Boston, cold outside and gray : a blunt reminder of winter days soon to arrive.

With a leg of lamb cooking in the oven, a small fire going, an episode of Columbo on the TV and my dogs lying at my feet- I treated myself to this delightful pairing.



This wine from New Mexico is strikingly delicious paired with pâté made from duck liver and foie gras purchased at the Concord Cheese Shop in Concord, Ma. I’m pretty sure they make this pâté in-house.

This is a full-bodied sparkling wine with a delicate mousse and a creamy texture: bouquet includes raspberry and pear with a hint of vanilla. The wine is balanced, full bodied, complex and has a super nice crisp acidity that balances the rich mouthfeel of the pâté but still compliments the mild sweetness also present in the pâté.


I paid $18 for this bottle. Expect to pay between $15 – $18 per bottle. Gruet also makes these sparkling wines:

Blanc de Blanc: lighter body and drier than Blanc de Noirs

Rosé- typically more fruity

Demi Sec- sweet

Brut- dry

Winemaking Notes from Gruet website:
Varietal Blend: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
pH: 3.12
RS: 1% g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Vineyards: American
Oak: Bottle Aged
Fining: Sterile Pads
Aging: Aged en Tirage for a minimum of 24 months

Bottoms Up 🙂