Happy New Year! Michigan Sparkling Wine

Welp, it’s 2015.  We had a very successful New Year’s Eve, which consisted of a time-consuming disaster of a first-try making gnocchi that culminated in ordering pizza from Pizza Pino, Mark falling asleep on the couch at 8pm, me reading and listening to whatever musical show was on PBS, Mark waking back up at 11:30, us being really confused but somewhat mesmerized by Pitbull’s Miami New Year’s Eve Special, which was a lot of Pitbull speaking Spanish and gazing up at fireworks, and then going to bed by 12:09.

We did, however, manage to open and partially consume a bottle of sparkling wine from Michigan bubbly producer Mawby.

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M. Lawrence’s US was definitely drinkable, and the price was right at Kroger (somewhere around $15).  Not the best of the best but smooth tastes of green apple and maybe some juicy pear.  Here’s what their website has to say about it:

BRUT
Sparkling Wine
‘Pale yellow gold… complex fruit aromas… yeasty accents… fruity… crisp style.’
A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes that are hand picked and carefully whole-cluster pressed. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended with reserve wines and fermented a second time in a closed tank [the cuve close method]. The wine is then filtered, dosaged, and bottled.
I liked this more than a lot of other local sparklers that I’ve tried.  Not sweet at all.  Almost like a crisp sparkling cider….that did make me a little bit thirsty after a glass and a half.  Well anyway, if you’re looking to try something local that isn’t syrupy sweet and won’t break the bank, this is a safe bet.
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Cheers and Happy New Year!
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