lleichtman wrote: ↑October 19th, 2018, 9:42 am
Jeremy C wrote: ↑October 19th, 2018, 7:29 am
Leonard Taylor wrote: ↑October 19th, 2018, 3:01 am
New Mexico. Gruet is great.
Sadly, this is no longer the case IMHO.
Agreed, not as good since they were bought out.
Some 3 yrs ago or so, Gruet was bought out by PreceptBrands, which owns Ch.StM up in WashState. Their stated intent was to triple the Gruet production.
However, the Gruet vnyd over in Engle, and all the vnyds in NM could not come close to supporting that level of production.
So if you look at the current Gruet btls, it'll state "Proudly Produced in NM", but on the back label, the truth comes out.."American Sparkling Wine".
So most of the grapes for Gruet now come from WashState and they don't, to my knowledge, make a NM Sparkling wine anymore.
I'm pretty sure, because of the logistics, Precept doesn't ship the grapes down from WashState. Whether the ship the juice or the already frmtd still wine, I don't know.
But the sparkle is put in the wine down in Albq. I'm assuming it's still MethodeChampenoise, but don't know even that for sure. Because they're cranking
out more wine, I suspect it is "sur lie" a much shorter period than it used to be.
That being said, I thing the Gruet Sparkling Wine is pretty decent and very fairly priced. Just not as good as the Gruet of old.