We launched dough with four core wines: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, followed by our appellation wines. Now we are thrilled to introduce the latest in the dough line: Sparkling wine! Just in time for Valentine’s day, Fat Tuesday or just a regular Tuesday, we are delighted to introduce both a Brut and a Brut Rosé from the Willamette Valley.
Like our appellation wines, we crafted our Sparkling wines to be just right for a celebration like Valentine’s Day, but also a night of takeout or a Sunday spent watching the Super Bowl. One thing we do suggest is that you try these wines without food, but don’t hesitate to pair them with appetizers or full meals. Sparkling is much more versatile than many think.
Meet the Wines
Our 2014 Brut is a 100% Chardonnay sparkler. Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen says, “The cool climate of Oregon’s Willamette Valley comes to life in this sparkling wine with marine notes, bright acidity and white peach and brioche on the palate. Its liveliness pairs with good conversation and celebration.”
We love this wine on its own to toast but also recommend pairing it with some of your favorites. What sort of pairings? Certainly classic blinis with caviar or freshly shucked oysters, but have you tried sparkling wine with fried chicken (one of our favorites), potato chips or a grilled cheese sandwich?
Our 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé is a wine that is just fun. Is it a serious, well made wine? Definitely, but in our book, Sparkling Rosé is joy in a bottle. A blend of 47% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier from the Willamette Valley , this wine pairs beautifully with seafood but can surprise you with its ability to stand up to stronger flavors. Pigs in a blanket or orange chicken anyone?
Speaking of seafood, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen says that this wine’s salmon pink color is “a perfect cue to consider the James Beard Foundation’s work in the area of food sustainability, driving for seafood sustainability in the food chain and America’s restaurant kitchens.” These programs are designed to teach chefs how to make the best possible seafood choices on their menus. For consumers, a great resource to help with decision making at the fish counter is the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.
Celebrate with Sparkling
Like all of the holidays in the past year, Valentine’s Day 2021 is going to be a little bit different. Here are a few of our top suggestions for celebrating:
1. Romantic dinner made easy: In many parts of the country, restaurants are not open for indoor and/or outdoor dining. Support them and have a special night by looking into the meal packages they are offering for the holiday. Whether meal kits or prep at home or fully cooked and ready to eat, there are options for everyone and you’ll feel good about supporting one of your favorite spots.
2. Get outside! In San Francisco, the magnolias are starting to bloom whereas in Vermont, it is time to ski. Wherever you are, getting outside, even if only to shovel the driveway, is a great way to create shared memories. The perfect ending to an active day? A glass of Brut Rosé by the fire when you get home.
3. Send a wine set to your Valentine and drink together on Zoom. Also great for celebrating Galentines day with your friends around the country or your daughter several time zones away.
Explore Wine Sets
All wine sets are available in 3 bottles and are available now. Perfect for your Valentine’s dinner, but also to send to a valentine far away. These new Sparkling wines are available in the following packs of 3 bottles: