If reducing your carbon footprint by eating more organic and local food has popped up on a resolution list, here's a way to usher in the new year in a more sustainable, but still delicious way. Gruet champagnes are made next door in New Mexico outside of Albuquerque by a real French family who had been making the bubbly in Champagne, France. Using both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, they make several different non-vintage sparkling wines including a very respectable Rose and even a few vintage numbers . This isn't going to stop production of Laurent-Perrier Rose, but the Gruet Rose NV price tag is also all New Mexico and no France.
Gruet Rose is on sale at Whole Foods giving you an opportunity to try the dry brut with the nice berry finish. The whole lot of the Gruet is usually available at Central Market too. Toast in the new year with a carbon-neutral sparkler--it's so 2008!
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