Monday, April 2, 2012

Ben's Bubbly: Sektkellerei Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Brut

This was a busy week for Ben, which was perfect because it was spring break for Mom, so he was only at daycare for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, Grandma and Grandpa from Wisconsin flew in for Ben's first birthday party. It is very weird to think that Ben is almost one year old already! We actually had his party almost a week early and we sure lucked out with the weather. It was in the 70s and 80s for the better part of the last week of March. Ben had a grand time hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa; he went on walks, went to the park, played with new toys, and even played in the dirt a little bit! He had so much going on that I am sure that he will sleep well for the next week! I know I will.

Sektkellerei Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Brut

It is not too often that you see a sparkling Grüner Veltliner. I was trying to find something unique for the penultimate bubbly. With my parents in town, I decided to have a little fun opening it. I really think that sabering sparkling wine is one of the coolest wine traditions and I have attempted it twice in the past, once successfully and the other not so much. I don't have a wine saber, so I grabbed a drywall saw. I found the seam on the bottle and in one fell swoop popped of the top of the bottle and the cork with an exceptionally clean decapitation. I was so eager to show of that I forgot to have someone record my feat. I poured a glass for the four adults, much to Ben's chagrin. The wine was a very light yellow with a slight green tint. The nose was subtle but with nice aromas of peaches, green apples and tart citrus. You will not confuse this Brut with a true Champagne, but it is nonetheless a nice wine. Not surprisingly, it tastes like Grüner Veltliner with bubbles added. The flavors were one-dimensional with crisp lime and grapefruit and a very short finish. It went down smoothly, but lacked any complexity. 12% abv Purchased $18. Good

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