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Gruet Sparkling Wine From New Mexico

I had my first taste of Gruet sparkling wine over the weekend. I was looking for a not too expensive half-bottle of sparkling wine/champagne for dinner this past Saturday night. The Gruet Brut (under $9) was the 1st one I came across.

I am glad I decided to try it, as I thought it was quite good, certainly as good as any of the California sparkling wines I have had.

I know Gruet makes a few other sparklers besides the Brut. Has anyone tried them? Any recommendations/comments?

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  1. also like the Gruet Brut....was part of a sparklers tasting, & it surprised everyone....

    1. Gloria Ferrer also makes a good Sparkling Wine around the $15 price point.

      I stand firm that the best sparkling wine in America is Argyle.

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      1. re: twincitiesguy

        From your post, I am not clear whether you have had any of Gruet wines.

        1. re: DavidT

          Argyle's sparkling wines are almost double the price of Gruet's.

      2. Gruet makes a Brut, a Brut Blanc de Blancs, a Brut Blanc de Noirs, a Brut Rose, and a Brut Grand Rose. So they are all Brut wines. I'm assuming you had one with no other designation. The only sparkling wine them make with a dryness level other than Brut is a Demi-Sec. I've not had it, but I've had all the others. I like the Blanc de Noirs.

        With all due respect to my fellow Twin Citian, I do like Argyle. But my best domestic producer goes to Iron Horse.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          Thanks for the info. Yes, I had the basic Brut. I would like to try the Blanc de Noirs and the Rose some time, assuming I can them in stock some where in the SF Bay Area.

          1. re: DavidT

            Try the Rose...I really liked it. I picked it up at Cav wine bar in SF after tasting it in a flight there.

        2. We just had some with friends, who drove down from Colorado. It had been years, since I last had any, and this was very nice, when sitting on the upper deck, watching the sun set. I had forgotten what a nice sparkler this was.

          Per Brad's comments, ours was the Blanc de Blanc.


          1. I've tasted the Gruet Rose sparkling wine in tasting flights twice. Both times it was the least interesting wine.

            It might be fine on its own as an apertif or brunch wine but there are a lot of California and European sparkling wines in the same price range that I have liked more.

            I am wondering if wine bars that do tasting flights have to balance the quality of wines to keep the flight price in line. Therefore, an inexpensive bottle like the Gruet is rather unfairly tasted with a better bottle.

            1. I've had the Brut NV and BdN and enjoyed them both. Gruet is definitely one of the better budget, domestic bubbly producers out there. They also make some still wine (syrah, etc.) which would be interesting to try.

              As for the "best" domestic sparkling wine, it's whatever you like the "best".

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              1. re: vinosnob

                Argyle and Schramsberg are my choices.

                1. re: TonyO

                  Dude, to all of you-- Gruet costs HALF what all these other bottlings do. Is it knock-your-socks-off good? No. Is it very good for the money? I'd say so. Argyle, Roederer, and Iron Horse are all superior wines, but they are far more expensive as well. QPR, people, QPR.

                  1. re: Pigloader

                    Call me "fiscally irresponsible", but I would rather spend the extra $12 on Argyle or Schramsberg. Or I guess some would say that you could go the other extreme and buy J. Roget at $2.99 a bottle. To each his own......

              2. I've found the Gruet to be quite satisfactory. Amongst the other US sparklers already mentioned, I have also enjoyed Roederer and have a friend who is a devotee of "J".

                1. Gruet Brut has long been my "go to" sparkler for parties and casual get-togethers. They also produce a surprisingly good Pinot Noir table wine.

                  That said, I am sure we all have our specific favorite producers of American sparkling wine. On the high-end, commercial side of things, Roederer Estate, Iron Horse, and Argyle consistently do an excellent job, yet all three are significantly different from each other in terms of their "house style," in the same way that (e.g.) Bollinger, Moët & Chandon, and Perrier-Jouët all have different house styles.

                  Westport Rivers is another sparkling wine producer of very high quality.

                  My favorite is Equinox, but that's another story . . .


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                  1. re: zin1953

                    One of these days I'm going to get around to trying the Equinox. I am not at all familiar with Westport Rivers though - any details to provide? In the meantime, I'll be drinking my collection of Thiese champagnes...

                    1. re: ibstatguy

                      >>> In the meantime, I'll be drinking my collection of Thiese champagnes... <<<

                      Well, yes, and no one -- or at least *I* am not suggesting these American sparkling wines are interchangeable with a "true" Champagne, let alone the majority of those in Terry Theisse's catalog.

                      Westport Rivers -- http://www.westportrivers.com/ -- is a small winery in southern Mass. that produces a range of both still and sparkling wines. Most of their wines are estate grown. Their current portfolio includes

                      -- 2003 Brut Cuvée RJR (70% Estate Grown Pinot Noir & 30% Estate Grown Chardonnay);
                      -- 2000 Blanc de Noirs (87% Estate Pinot Noir, 13% Estate Pinot Meunier);
                      -- 1999 Blanc de Blancs (100% Estate Chardonnay);
                      -- 2001 Imperial Sec (88% Estate Grown Riesling, 12% Estate grown Rkatsiteli); but,
                      -- Their 1992 Cuvée Maximilian (78% Estate Grown Pinot Noir, 22% Estate Grown Chardonnay, 14 years en tirage) is sold out.


                      1. re: zin1953

                        southern Mass. - who'd a thought? and while I do love my Thiese champagnes, I'm always interested in any nice sparklers whether cavas, proseccos, those lovely sparkling vourvrays, etc., etc.

                    2. re: zin1953

                      We will have to stop by Westport if there is a decent show this summer at Mansfield, MA.

                    3. Gruet Blanc de Noirs is my favorite that they produce.

                      But my favorite producer of domestic bubbly is Mountain Dome.

                      1. They also have a very nice steakhouse in ABQ as well.

                        1. if you can get your hands on the gruet sparkling rose it's mighty tasty as well.

                          1. I would like to reach out and let you know Gruet has 7 sparklers and 5 still wines available. Chardonnay, Barrel Select Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Barrel Select Pinot Noir, Syrah available in NM or website only. Brut, Blanc de Noirs, Rose and Demi Sec being non vintages, and 2004 Blancs de Blanc, 2002 Grand Rose, and 2001 Grande Reserve. The people who enjoy more of an elegant style champagne try the Blanc de Blanc very affordable and I beleive is one of the best domestics I have had in a while. Argyle is very good and Iron Horse for the same price range try the Grand Rose or Grande Reserve as well. The Grande Reserve is aged in Oak. From the #1 Gruet Winery

                            1. I'm with you. For the money, Gruet is unbeatable. You're lucky you found a $9 bottle. I've mostly seen this sparkler for between $11 to $15 retail. I had a very notable Gruet experience (or non-experience) in Las Vegas last month. My wife and I went to a Fleur De Lys in the Mandalay Bay and saw the Gruet Brut Blanc de Blanc on the wine list for $75 - a 300% markup.

                              I've had the rose and the blanc de noirs. Both are the same price as the wine you had, and both are again exceptional for the price!

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                              1. re: OCKevin

                                The Gruet Brut I bought for $9 was a HALF-bottle, not a full 750ml bottle. Those sell for $13-$15 in the SF Bay Area.