For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case from Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
Here’s bottle 5: Chateau Frank Celebre Rose
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I have to edit it down to fit in the paper, but here is Aries owner Andrea Kish’s full description of the wine.
Chateau Frank Celebre Rose
Region: Finger Lakes, New York State; Chateau Frank, on the banks of Keuka Lake, was started by Willy Frank, Dr. Konstantin Frank’s son. Willy spearheaded New York’s sparkling wine revolution using traditional methods and classic grapes.
Tasting notes: A pink colored sparkling wine made in the traditional Methode Champenoise entirely from estate grown Pinot Meunier grapes. It offers lovely red berry aromas with forward fruitiness and touch of residual sweetness.
Why we chose it: We happened to be visiting the winery just after Willy got his first shipment of glass bottles for his sparkling wine project and we got to taste his “first baby” before it was even released. To this day we remain convinced of the high quality of Chateau Frank sparkling wines and are pleased to offer them as a more affordable alternative to true French Champagne. This new sparkler is no exception and is aptly named for toasting anything you are celebrating this season.
Goes with: a variety of dishes including salmon, ham, grilled chicken and grilled vegetables as well as spicier dishes, with appetizers or on its own for toasting.