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Gruet non-vintage Blanc de Noirs ($13.99)
FOOD MATCH: Not only did the popping cork lend a sense of festivity to a simple meal, it actually went very nicely with a vegetarian (spinach and portabello mushroom) pizza.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Thanks to Tom Hill for providing the following additional background on this wine on the Wine Lovers' Discussion Group.
Glad you like our home-grown product; it's a great value for a Sparkling wine. The wine is made in Albuquerque. The grapes are grown on their estate down in Truth or Consequences, about 120 miles south of Albuquerque. Over on the east side of the Elephant Butte reservoir on very sandy soil, irrigation being essential to keep the grapes alive. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a bit of Pinot Meunier I recall.
The family is, in fact, from France and have a small champagne house there in the Champagne region. The pronunciation, as they say it, is Groo-ay. It is easily the best wine produced here in New Mexico. They also produce a bit of still Chard that's quite good.
Also, Stillman Brown, winemaker/owner of Jory winery in Calif/Paso Robles, makes wine here in New Mexico, mostly under his Stillman Brown label. He has a Luna County/Mesilla Valley Sauvignon Blanc, grown further south around Deming, that is pretty good.
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