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Gruet Brut Rosé

Gruet Brut Rosé

You have to admire what the proprietors of Gruet have accomplished—a husband and wife team from France, both had dreamed of producing a high-quality sparkling wine using méthode champenoise. Planting vines at high-altitude in New Mexico was, admittedly a gamble, and they've succeeded. Perhaps even more remarkable, they produce a lovely bubbles for under $20.00. Perfect for entertaining, the Brut Rosé offers up notes of brioche, tart cherries and watermelon buoyed by lively acidity with even a hint of salinity. Gruet Winery 8.8 Points...

Angel Food Cake with Summer Berries

Angel Food Cake with Summer Berries

I love a good backyard cookout, with endless variations on burgers piled sky-high with hickory smoked bacon, sautéed Walla Walla sweet onions, sharp cheddar, all of it artfully smashed between a warm brioche bun. And let's not forget the hot dogs slathered in pickle relish and mustard, the all-important potato salad, and grilled sweet corn. And at the end of all of this juicy smoky grilling is dessert. There have been years where I've grilled everything, including dessert. But nothing really wows a crowd like an angel food cake. Artfully adorned with red and blue berries, this humble dessert is transformed into an enchanting nod to the stars and stripes. Pair with a light, convivial Asti rosé. [amd-yrecipe-recipe:9] ...