Vouvray again ... with bubbles
And, in the spirit of yesterday's "anything but Chardonnay" topic, it's worth noting that sparkling Vouvray shuns the Burgundian grape blend of Champagne (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) in favor of the Loire's own Chenin Blanc. There's nothing the matter with that, as this steely, cleansing and remarkably long-lived variety is a noble grape in its own right, and makes wines both still and sparkling that are well worth getting to know.
Next time you're in the market for a sparkling wine - and with the holiday season well under way and New Year's Eve approaching, that might be soon - make it a point to look beyond the Champagne shelves and see if your merchant doesn't have a sparkling Vouvray on hand. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Foreau non-vintage Vouvray Brut Methode Traditionnelle ($14.99)
FOOD MATCH: Perfect with a dish crafted to match - a light seafood risotto with shrimp, scallops and squid.
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