Above: A selection of Gruet's sparkling wines. Photograph Courtesy of Gruet Winery.
For a big party, you can’t beat a case of Gruet’s Blanc de Noirs for the combination of local flavor, quality, and price ($17 a bottle). But when you really want to strut New Mexico’s stuff, stop by one of Gruet’s Architectural Digest–worthy tasting rooms and pick up a bottle of the new Pinot Meunier Brut sparkling wine. You’ll appreciate its subtle aromas of stone fruit and white flowers, pleasant acidity, and lingering finish. When the weather’s nice, the Albuquerque tasting room opens onto a lovely shaded garden area.
WHERE TO BUY
A bottle of Gruet Sparkling Pinot Meunier Brut costs $42. Find it at the Winery’s Albuquerque tasting room, 8400 Pan American Freeway NE. Or head to the Santa Fe tasting room inside the Hotel St. Francis, 210 Don Gaspar Ave.