We were in the grocery store for a few last minute items for baking when we walked passed the chilled wine section and Domaine Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Sparkling Wine Brut caught my attention. Last week we tried our first Washington State sparkling wine and enjoyed it; Ste. Michelle is a much larger wine producer with a much wider distribution, curiosity got the better of us and we brought home a bottle to try.
It was a light-meal night with brie, home-made fig preserves, duck pate’ and veggie sticks and the sparkling was opened. I don’t think I have seen a sparkling wine with such large bubbles before – but I don’t have a vast amount of experience so that could be part of it. In Champagne style, 11.5% ABV, lots of big bubbles, granny smith apple on the nose and carried on through the palate with a fine acidic finish; no bitterness, not too much acid. Supper was a great pairing since the cheese and pate’ were both a bit on the salty side. (I am hopeful that my morning response will be as positive as the last bottle!)
The price point of this wine was quite low, $10.00 with a surprisingly nice presence. Very happy to experience another great Washington State wine! Still lots of celebrating to do this season, could be a fun sparkling wine to share!