A Wine for Tonight: NV Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut

By Kori ~ February 17th, 2011.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the NV Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

The Brut is one of an excellent array of value sparkling wines from Domaine Ste. Michelle. Producing sparkling wines for over thirty years, Domaine Ste. Michelle is one of the largest sparkling wine houses in the United States, producing more than 300,000 cases each year. Rick Casqueiro has been head winemaker since 1994. While this Brut is good enough to celebrate a special occasion, its price point makes it an excellent weeknight or Sunday brunch bubbly.

“Sparkling wine is a wonderful yet often overlooked accompaniment to food. Bright acidity and effervescence cleanses the palate, while the delicate flavors complement a wide array of dishes. Brut pairs very well with Japanese cuisine, my favorite is with sashimi. Sip with bagels and lox for a relaxing weekend brunch.” –Winemaker Rick Casqueiro

NV Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut (Columbia Valley, Washington): 88% Chardonnay and 12% Pinot Noir. Pale, straw yellow in color. Medium, fairly fast bead of bubbles. Nice nose with breadcrumb and yeasty aromas. White peach, lemon, and bread come through on the palate. Dry, medium-bodied and crisp with a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12; Available elsewhere, $7 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Sparkling Wine, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. witless whiner | February 17th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Domaine Ste. Michelle is one of my favorite sparkling wines. We get it for around $10 in Connecticut and I agree with your QPR. This is a great value. Also, try the Riondo Prosecco for an Italian sparkling wine. Priced the same as the Domaine Ste. Michelle. There are some really good sparkling wines out there for under $15. Although, for champagne I like the Pieper-Heidsieck but it does come with a $40 price tag and worth it.

  2. wineracks | February 19th, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Great suggestion I think I’m going to try it.

  3. çizgi film | March 7th, 2011 at 12:31 am

    thanks for informations!