Fun with Sparkling Wine!
Try something fun for the holidays!
“Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle” – Sally Gilchrist
Holiday parties are in full swing. Whether you are hosting friends or want to bring a fun gift as a party favor, sparkling wines are appreciated this time of year. Sparkling wines are a cousin to Champagne and Prosecco.
A recent sampling featured a sparkling wine called Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux by Premium Vintage cellars (www.blancdebleu.com). The wine is an effervescent blue in color from adding blueberries to Chardonnay grapes.
Blanc de Bleu® Cuvée Mousseux
PositiveVines ‘HelpfulTip : Sparkling wine is made by not allowing the escape of gases created from the fermentation of sugar and yeast. The gases return into the wine then released when you pop the cork, creating tiny bubbles.
The Chardonnay grapes are harvested from Mendocino County in Northern California. Blanc de Bleu was created in 2006 by winemakers who challenged themselves to create something different. The first sparkling blue wine was born! The sugar levels and alcohol content are low at 11%. It is a Brut style which is slightly dry and the hint of blueberry gives it a crisp and balanced taste.
This sparkling wine earned silver award status in 2012 at the BevStar Awards. Blanc de Bleu averages $15 per bottle at most DFW Market Street stores. Ordering online is a bit more expensive at $25 per bottle. Shop around for sales this time of year. And consider bulk ordering for special occasions. Lots of brides select this sparkling wine as their “something blue” for wedding receptions. Consider adding frozen blueberries to your wine glass for added flavor.
Grab a couple of bottles of Blanc de Bleu to take with you to your next holiday party. It’s a fun conversation starter and the wine pairs well with both appetizers and desserts.