Veuve de Vernay Brut Rose NV

12022007a.jpgAll the talk about bubbly got me thinking about this bottle I had picked up earlier this week. It is interesting to see the local liquor stores stocking up on all the various sparkling brands in anticipation of New Year’s. Personally, I believe we need to shift our thinking from sparkling being “only” a celebratory wine. Either that, or we should find a lot more reasons to celebrate. Perhaps you can toast payday, extended shopping hours, snow… maybe even making it home safely despite Vancouver’s finest driving demonstrations. You choose, but pair it with some bubbly. 🙂

A tasty value sparkler is never out of place and this one certainly reinforces the notion. Generally, rosé is a mix of the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and right from the first sniff, they make their presence known. The nose has nice cranberry and tart lemon – a nice start; followed by red currant more cranberry and nice bit of earthy spice for good measure. This finish had some nice length for the value with some more citrus zest and a hint of earth and toast. Good stuff.

I had it with a nice piece of extra aged white cheddar and I don’t know if it’s the snow outside or what, but this just worked for me big time. Thinking about the price tag made it work even more. Let the holidays (or any days) begin….

$13.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

3 1/2 stars

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