Wine in the Wild
In Plain Sight - "Let's Get It Ahn"
Episode #213 - Aired 26 July 2009| Comments
A toast to Mary getting engaged. Since the show takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, it only makes sense that the bubbly they use is New Mexico's finest: the $14 non-vintage Gruet Brut Methode Champenoise. This is a blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir (two of the three traditional grapes used in Champagne). The bottle says "Methode Champenoise" on it, meaning that they make it the way it is made in Champagne. This wording is not allowed on bottles shipped to Europe according to EU law, as only wines produced in the Champagne region of France can bear this type of labeling. (Think of it kind of like some little town in Romania making a Cabernet and putting "Napa Valley Method" on the bottle simply as a way to sell more wine - that's how the French view other regions' use of the word "Champagne" or its derivatives on wine bottles.)