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Diving into wine – Ruinart Rose NV

By Joe Ruvel · January 6th, 2012 · No Comments

It is session time everyone! We have not done a session in a long time (boo! hiss!), but this topic, graciously hosted by Mario from Brewed For Thought, is an important one to this blog and to me. I have always said that beer is my favorite beverages, but really all beverages are interesting to me. Even possibly more than food, they tell complicated stories and show the history of people. And on a more down to earth note – they taste great and have so many different combinations/types to try.

So, lately, when I am not drinking beer, I am trying a new wine. No, this is not wineatjoes.com  - but I have always enjoyed exploring the vast landscape of different wines to try. And out here on the west coast there are so many options just from west coast wines. Then add onto that the fact that the bay area is wine crazy overall, and you get a bunch of restaurants and shops carying wine from all over the world. You can see that I like wine, but lately I have been trying to learn and try even more mainly because I am actually working with a very cool wine related technology company called RealWineLists. And hey you got to understand your industry.

All this leads to a wine I want to talk about. This new years we indulged in a half bottle of Ruinart Rose NV champagne.  Ruinart is the oldest champagne house. They have been making champagne since 1729. Yup that long. And so I knew they would know a thing or two about making a sparkling rose. But this one really knocked me for a loop. We also tried the “regular” Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and it was great. Tasted like some of the best chardonay – with a good sparkle to it. They take some of the best fruit they can find to make these wines. The Rose is a blend of the Blanc de Blancs and Pinot Noir. And you could totally taste that. The second I tried it I recognized the other champagne we had. But with the pinot you had a deeper flavor that pretty much made me platz.

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Here is a small blurb from wine spectator:

“A firm rosé, more about its elegant texture and streak of minerality than the flavors of wild strawberry, white cherry, grilled plum and graphite. Hints of spice and fleur de sel accent the finish. Drink now through 2020.”

I can say I totally agree with the elegant texture. And would add that it was really tasty. And this is not a very high priced champagne, a half bottle will cost you around $40. Perfect for a special night.

I know I will try many many great beers in 2012, but I am going to make sure I try a bunch of amazing wines too. And write about it on this blog of course.

Tags: Non-Beer Beverages · The Sessions