Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Pinot Meunier Makes a Unique Gift

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Pinot Meunier Makes a Unique Gift

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One fun way to surprise your holiday hosts is to present them with a very unusual, but good quality, wine that they are unlikely to have or perhaps even tasted. One such example is a single varietal wine made from the dark-skinned pinot meunier grape. Pinot meunier is best known as the third grape in true Champagne sparkling wine in which it's usually blended with chardonnay and pinot noir. The grape is extensively grown in the Marne Valley area of the Champagne region.

Pinot meunier is also grown in California where it's also mostly used in sparkling wines. However, there are a few wineries that do bottle it as a single varietal. I found one called Fable at Parker's Table, the wine and gourmet food market located in a former post office on Oakland Avenue. Fable is owned by Sonoma County's Brack Mountain Wine Company, which specializes in artisan wines. …

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