New Mexico is one of many states that have an ever-expanding wine culture. First to make wine successfully in the US, the state is joined by several others making wine; many for the first time. This has caused the ranks of winemakers and wineries to expand dramatically. Over the past three decades, the number of wine producers has grown from 440 in 1970 to more than 7,000. That’s nearly a sixteen-fold increase.
It was inevitable that Jancis Robinson the internationally famous wine critic and writer would take note of this with a new book; co-authored with U.S. wine expert Linda Murphy. American Wine is the first comprehensive and authoritative reference on the wines, wineries, and winemakers of America.
Jancis Robinson spoke with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts about her new book, in which she gives a comprehensive look at wine and those who make it in all 50 states. Among the bottles arrayed on the table beside her in the studio was a Gruet Brut sparkling wine.
When asked the obvious question, “In which state did you find the best producer”? Jancis replied, “There is no winner”, however she added pointing to the Gruet bottle, “This lovely fizz from New Mexico is a copy of Champagne, made by a family who came in from Champagne”. This segment of CBS This Morning can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Gruet Winery is an Albuquerque based wine producer with a lovely tasting room adjacent to the winery on 8400 Pan American Fwy NE. Specialists in sparkling wine, Gruet is distributed in 49 states, but it is here on its home turf that the majority of Gruet-enthusiasts reside. Check out the complete list of Gruet sparkling and still wines at www.gruetwinery.com.
The Gruet family brought the prestige and traditions of Champagne, France to New Mexico and now even Jancis Robinson has recognized it.