|Kenwood Yulupa Cuvee Brut|
This summer, like most, has completely pasted me by in a blur. Lots of fun in the sun and of course some great new wines that I have stumbled upon and need to write about.
This bottle, Kenwood Yulupa Cuvee Brut, was actually a gift from one of my favorite restaurants, Tidewater Grill. My date and I was having such a good time that the staff thought we were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to surprise us with a bottle of wine. The surprise was actually on them when we spilled the beans that it was only our third date. They took it in stride and gave us the bottle to wish us many more years together to come.
If you have reviewed my other wine posts, you will have already figured out that I love a dessert wine or as my friends say "sugar water". Call it what you will but I find them refreshing and very enjoyable.
I'm not much of a drinker but since it was a gift, I felt I had to drink at least one glass. With the first taste of this wine, I was hooked. I loved the light fruit flavor and citrus aromas. I had no trouble drinking my first glass or the second. It also went wonderful with my blackened chicken breast, steamed broccoli and rice pilaf; which you will have to ask for because Tidewater no longer has the blackened chicken on the menu. Be warned before you get this dish because it is extremely spicy and you will want to have a huge glass of water while eating it. If you love spicy food, then this is a must try if you ever find yourself in the area.
Now that I have found the time to write this blog, I did a little research on how the wine is made and its makers. Yulupa Cuvee Brut (a blend of Chenin Blanc, French Colmbard, Chardonnary and Pinot Noir) is a medium dry sparkling wine made in California from harvested grapes gently pressed (using traditional "whole cluster" system) before they reach full maturity. Kenwood states that it's this gently pressing that helps the wine retain the fruit essence. The wine ages for approximately 10 months in stainless steel tanks before 1.5% sugar (also known as "dosage") is added before it will be ready for bottling. The alcohol volume is listed at 11% and a 750 ml bottle will run you about $10.00.
For any dessert wine drinking, I would suggest you give this bottle a try. I will be adding it to my personal wine supply and look forward to my next glass soon.