Champagne Tastes, Prosecco Prices: Award-Winning Bubbly from Washington’s Treveri Cellars

Here in the US, the term “Champagne” is often used loosely to describe a wine that has bubbles in it. “Are you bringing Champagne to brunch?” More than likely it’s Prosecco, or maybe Spanish Cava, but who cares, right? It’s all Champagne to most of us.

Not All Bubbles Are Created Equal

Champagne only comes from one place: Champagne, France. And it ain’t cheap. The specific production technique, known as Methode Champenoise, is done with painstaking care; manually and slowly. Only the highest standards are allowed here. This is why you’ll pay big bucks (hundreds, for a famous brand) for a bottle of Champagne.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were sparkling wines made to Champagne standards, but at more affordable prices? Well, great news! There are… and they’re made right here in America!

Presenting Washington State’s Treveri Cellars

Located in Wapato, Yakima Valley, Treveri Cellars is a family-owned sparkling wine house that now produces some of the finest handcrafted sparkling wines in the United States. Their wines have been served at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York, and have scored many awards and high ratings over the years.

 

Winemaker Juergen Grieb was born in the town of Trier, Germany and has a degree in both winemaking and sparkling winemaking. While attending wine school in the early 1980s, Juergen learned his craft with some of the best German Sekt (pronounced, “ZEKT”) producers of the day. After graduating, he scored a job with a German-based winery in Washington, where he worked for decades before setting out on his own.

Juergen opened Treveri (During the times of the Roman Empire, Trier was known as, “Treveris,”) in 2010 with a mission to put Washington sparkling wine on the US map. As one of the State’s first dedicated sparkling wine houses, that meant, figuring out exactly what makes a Washington bubbly unique. He decided, it was about letting the purity of the grapes – more crisp, acidic and bright, in this region of the country – shine through without interference. Each wine is handcrafted in the French Methode Champenoise, using great care and attention, which produces some of the best sparkling wines you’ve ever tasted: All fresh, complex, yeasty and each one, characteristic of their respective grape.

The Wines

Treveri largely focuses on 100% varietal (single-grape) sparkling wines, including non-traditional varieties such as Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau. Deschere’s is proud to offer six top-sellers to PA consumers through the Fine Wine Good Spirits stores. Here’s the topline:

 

#46309 Blanc de Blanc Brut – $13.99

Rated 91 Points Wine Spectator Magazine
Rated 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Made of 100% Chardonnay from the Yakima Valley this Blanc de Blanc (white wine, made from white grapes) features green apple flavor with a hint of brioche, balanced by bright acid and a touch of yeast on the palate for a cool, crisp finish. Pair this one up with oysters on the half-shell, grilled chicken breast with citrus glaze and white fish, like cod!

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#38581 Sparkling Rose Sec – $18.99

Rated 91 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine

A blend of Syrah and Chardonnay with a delightful color and a fruit-forward profile, this rosé is all strawberry, rhubarb, watermelons and spice with a hit of yeast on the nose. It would be great with a Prosciutto panini, salmon cakes with cilantro-ginger aioli and Salade Niçoise. An award-winning Sparkling Rosé that’s been served at the US State Department for 4th of July celebrations in 2012 as well as the Spring Diplomatic Receptions in 2014.

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#20282 Sparkling Syrah – $18.99

Rated 88 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine

A one-of-a-kind red sparkling wine made from 100% Syrah, combining rich flavors of blackberry, pepper, cherries, and a hint of tobacco for a dark and delicious treat that is all its own. This beautiful sparkling wine has not only caught the eye of Treveri’s customers, but it has also garnered national attention as it was served at the US State Department Holiday Receptions. Pair it up with a sweet and tangy smoked brisket, pork chops and grilled lamb chops.

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#73614 Sparkling Blanc de Noirs – $17.99

Rated 88 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine
2016 Top 100 Value, Wine Spectator

“Blanc de Noir” means, “white from black.” 100% Pinot noir adds a subtle touch of color and complexity, with a hint of strawberries and brioche on the nose. The rich acidity and creamy finish are great for pairing with fatty foods like smoked salmon, lamb chops with mint aioli and sea scallops topped with a raspberry compote.

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#47412 Sparkling Riesling Demi Sec (Slightly Sweet) – $18.99

One of the world’s most aromatic varietals, Treveri Cellars’ sparkling Riesling boasts a delightful bouquet of apricot, peach, and a bit of honey, balanced by high acidity and a rich creaminess on the palate. Riesling grapes are on the rise in Washington state, and Treveri Cellars is the only facility to produce a sparkling Riesling, adding another dimension to a full line-up of award-winning sparkling wines.

This wine is refined and semi-dry, rich in minerality and is accompanied by peach, apricot, and yeast on the nose. It would be tasty with a bitter greens salad, Tandoori chicken or poultry, and sweet & sour chicken.

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#47411 Sparkling Gewürz Demi-Sec (Slightly Sweet) – $18.99

Rated 89 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine

Pronounced GUH-VERZ-TRA-MINER, this wine has a storied tradition of a fragrant nose and tropical fruit on the palate. With our winemaker’s German heritage, a sparkling Gewürztraminer makes so much sense! Treveri Gewürztraminer was recently served at the James Beard Foundation in New York City.

Notes of lychee, combined with rich tropical fruit, allspice, nutmeg, and clove are balanced with an underlying acidity for a true expression of the grape. Pairs great with Asian-style flavors, like balsalmic-glazed poultry, Thai curry mussels and Seafood stew with coconut.

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Additional Accolades:

Wine Business Monthly “Hot Brands of 2014”

“Best Value Sparkling Wine, 2 years in a row”
“Four 90+ wines in Four Years”
“New Winery to Watch For in WA”
– Wine Spectator Magazine

Want to Have Some Fun? Watch Our Video about Treveri’s Sparkling Syrah
Gouguenheim Wines

Argentina Delivers Big: Why Gouguenheim Wine is a Best Buy in PA

Ask a wine drinker if they like Malbec, and they’ll say, “I love wine from Argentina!” even though the grape is originally from France. And while, five years ago you could almost count on there being a bottle of something from California on a person’s kitchen counter, these days it’s more likely Argentine.

It is indisputable that Argentina has become a hot spot for wine lovers, and for good reason. So much great wine is being made here now, that you can buy world-class drinks for half the price of more famous regions. The country is the fifth largest wine producer in the world.

Most of this volume comes from one region alone: Mendoza, located west, in the foothills of the Andes mountains, along the border with Chile. This is where you’ll find the Gouguenheim winery.

patricio gouguenheimMeet Patricio

Born in Argentina to French parents, Winemaker Patricio Gouguenheim has been crazy about wine since his childhood. Originally a professional in Mergers and Acquisitions, his work took him to Mendoza during the economic crash of 2002. It was there that he first learned of an old winery in nearby Uco Valley, in disrepair and up for sale. A wild seed was planted, and in a move that his two daughters called, “mad,” Patricio decided to hang up his suit and tie – and start making wine.

The Winery

The winery has 98 acres of vineyards, located at over 3,600 feet above sea level. With a desert climate and 320 days of sun exposure a year, meltwater from the snow of the Andes Mountains must be carried by irrigation channels, through the sandy soils, to the vines. There’s a big temperature difference, called a Diurnal Swing, between day and night, that allows for the perfect ripening of the grapes.

The Wines

Gouguenheim has become one of the best performing/top quality wineries in Argentina. They currently make about 15 different wines and are distributed in 15 countries. Deschere’s is proud to bring Gouguenheim to the state of PA. We really believe these wines deliver so much, for the price! Read on to discover why:

37749 Gouguenheim Malbec
#73177: 2014 Gouguenheim Malbec Reserva – $11.99

Big, dry, fruity, rich and smooth with soft tannins. Dark ruby color, aromas of blackberry, spice, earth, coffee, smoke and toast. Good balance, long and lasting finish. A wine this bold and complex needs a bold and complex food pairing, we suggest French cassoulet, hearty beef stew or Lamb Tagine. More info here…

#73178: 2013 Gouguenheim Cabernet Reserva – $11.99

Beautiful dark red, with juicy black cherry, spice, dried figs and anise flavors. Smooth and rich! A more fruit-driven Cabernet like this is great with grilled red meats, burgers and tomato-based stews. More info here…

73623 Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec
#72623: Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec (Rosé) – $10.99

A pale rose color. Delicate, with red fruit aromas, predominantly of cherries and strawberries. Very fresh in the mouth, soft tones with well-balanced acidity. Small, brilliant bubbles. An amazing buy at this price, perfect for light apps, rich cheeses, and shellfish of all kinds! More info here…

Does all of this sound good? Be sure to look for Gouguenheim wines in your local PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store. We also import their Merlot, Chardonnay and a Torrontes too… all similarly great buys!

Want to learn more about Patricio and Gouguenheim wines? Check out this YouTube video: