Weekly Wine Grab Bag - August 1, 2019

Introducing a new series: Weekly Wine Grab Bag!

If you're anything like me, you like reading about wine almost as much as you enjoy drinking it. (Almost.) In the Weekly Wine Grab Bag, you'll find helpful wine articles, short wine notes, old blog posts, wine facts, and other miscellaneous resources to further your wine knowledge.

But this isn't just an article round-up! (Although those are helpful, and I highly recommend Terroirist.) Rather, this is anything I'm currently into from yesterday or years ago. Hence, grab bag! I'll also include my favorite wine of the week. These will range in price but they'll always have high QPR (quality-to-price ratio), meaning you'll get a lot of bang for your buck. You can anticipate a new grab bag every Thursday or Friday.

This Week: Climate Change, Affordability, and Pennsylvania

Next, affordable Champagne and even more affordable alternatives.

Wine of the Week

Etienne Calsac L'Échappée Belle Extra Brut NV Champagne is a classic expression of blanc de blancs. Made of 100% Chardonnay, the nose has very pronounced yeast notes while the palate is fruitier. Juicy yellow apple, apple peel, toasted brioche, and lemon zest notes complement the highly acidic, crisp bubbles. Base wine: 2015. Disgorgement: Dec. 2017. Dosage: 3g/L.

Purchase a similar one from Verve Wines for $45. (Current bottling is 5% Pinot Noir.)

Quod Vinum

This week's fact corresponds with the wine of the week. These are common terms found on Champagne bottles but can also be on other sparkling wines.

FACT: "Blanc de Blancs" = Sparkling wine made from white wine grapes only, typically Chardonnay. "Blanc de Noirs" = Sparkling wine made from red wine grapes only, typically Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier.

From the Meg & Merlot Archives

Champagne tastes on a beer budget? "Affordable Alternatives to Champagne" has exciting, wallet-friendly bubbly for you.