kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Gruet Brut

Say "sparkling wine," and New Mexico certainly isn't the first place that comes to mind. But Gruet Winery has been making good bubbly since 1989. They now produce 50,000 cases of a total of seven different sparklers--all methode champenoise--which are distributed in 47 states.
I popped open a bottle of their Brut the other evening, and it was just lovely. It has some tart fruit on the nose (green apple and lemon/lime), some toastiness and a long, lingering finish. I'm currently working on an article that pairs sparkling wines with casual foods, and to go along with the "when in Rome" mentality, I think this would be great with some southwestern food like enchiladas.

Gruet Brut retails for about $14 and is available at many wine stores in the DC area.