As it is just a few days before Christmas, I wanted to treat myself, so I got a lobster tail and cooked it up alongside a medley of baked vegetables. And what goes better with seafood than sparkling wine!
The ART BRUT 2011 Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine made in the methode Champenoise style by winemaker Chris Berg at Roots Wine Company. It is named after the art genre Art Brut, also known as Outsider Art, Raw Art or Visionary Art. It is a Blanc de Blancs, made from 100-percent Chardonnay sourced from the Sienna Ridge Estate in Red Hills.
Upon first opening the wine, there was a heavy taste of yeast and I worried that I had waited too long, but it settled down after about a half hour. It is delicious – with just a bit of tartness balanced with the creamy Chardonnay light butter flavors. The bubbles had mellowed after years in the bottle, but it still had enough to give that sparkling wine effervescence. It paired very well with the lobster too!
I don’t remember the price I paid, but I think this wine was about $30. I purchased it at the Bubbles Fest sparkling wine festival hosted by Anne Amie Winery in the Willamette Valley a few years back. It’s an awesome wine event, if you have the chance to go!
If you are a fan of charitable giving with your wine drinking, you will be pleased to know that a portion of the profits from all sales of ART BRUT wines were donated to the American Art Therapy Association. Plus, it has horses on the bottle, and that is always a positive (even if they are heavily stylized)!
This wine is sold out, and I’m not sure that the winery is making sparkling wine anymore; all the sparkling wines on their website are from 2010 and 2011 and seem to be sold out. Perhaps it is a wine I’ll never have again, and that’s too bad!
Happy Holidays – I hope you are all well…