Washington state is not necessarily known for its sparkling wines but we do have a number of them. Domaine Ste Michelle has been making sparkling wines in Washington state for thirty years. Domaine Ste Michelle makes their sparkling wines Méthode champenoise, the champagne style of making bubbly! Columbia Valley grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, are grown to achieve a bracing and crisp acidity with pleasant fruit characteristics. Domaine Ste Michelle currently sells five different sparkling wines.
We uncorked a bottle of the Domaine Ste Michelle Blanc de Blanc in preparation of the new year. The root of this sparkling wine is Chardonnay and it shows. The nose is predominantly pear but on the palate it is bright, crisp and tart green apple. The juicy apple notes might trick you into thinking that their is some sweetness to this wine but it is actually the driest sparkling wine in the Domaine Ste Michelle line. The finish is luscious, lemony and dry. It is a refreshing sparkler that makes me smile.
The Domaine Ste Michelle is the easiest to find and is stocked in most major grocery stores. It is also a good deal, it was on sale for $7 at my Lake City Fred Meyers through the holidays. I will be back tomorrow to pick up some more!