At the Table
Far too often sparkling wine is relegated to the apéritif moment or only consumed for celebrations. Many don't even consider it a wine! Not me. I regularly enjoy sparkling wine right through a meal. The bubbles and the crisp acidity are a great foil for anything seafood, Asian or spicy dishes. Some of my favorite pairings are charred squid, pan fried scallops, pad Thai or spicy crab cakes. Experiment for yourself!
About Roederer Estate and the Brut NV Sparkling wine
Roederer Estate, located in California's beautiful and remote Anderson Valley (Mendocino County), is owned by Champagne Louis Roederer, one of the most acclaimed Champagne houses in France, and producer of the famous Champagne Cristal. Roederer Estate's winemaking philosophy follows that of Champagne Louis Roderer, in that it owns most of its own vineyards. For the Roederer Estate Brut NV, it follows the great Champagne tradition of adding oak aged reserve wines from older years, giving complexity and depth to the wine.
Roederer Estate Brut NV is a traditional method sparkling wine, in that the second fermentation took place in the bottle. The first fermentation was in stainless steel tank. During the assemblage (blending) reserve wines were added and then the wine was bottled and prepared to undergo the second fermentation. After the second fermentation it was aged over two years on the lees before disgorging and the addition of the final dosage, which is about 12g/l residual sugar. It is a blend of about 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, all from estate vineyards.
Roederer Estate Brut, $19.99 at Wine.com
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.
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