Wine for the Weekend: Michelle Brut (had to have a little bubbly)

“Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam!”   Tis the season for champagne and sparkling wines!!!  FYI, champagne means that the wine was made in the Champagne District of France and sparkling is just a wine that is made in the method of champagne but not made in the District of Champagne that is the only difference.  There are a number of great sparkling wines that are under $20.

My personal favorite is Chateau St. Michelle Brut.  It sells around $11 a bottle and I’ve found it as low as $9 around this time of year.  It is a a blend of 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Gris.   The wine is from the Columbia Valley of Washington state.


Color – pale yellow.

Aroma – citrus with notes of vanilla.

Initial taste – apples and citrus.

Finish – lush, crisp fruit with vanilla and  creme brulee in the final notes.



Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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