Chateau Frank Rosé : Bubbly & Breakfast at Vine Spots

A Tasty Southern Breakfast

QUIZ TIME : What movie had the following exchange about 'GRITS' ?

What's this over here?

You've never heard of grits?

Sure, Sure. I've heard of grits. I've just never actually seen a grit before

I will be the first to admit that when an old friend of mine, about ten years ago, told me that his favorite breakfast meal growing up as a child was catfish, grits and buttermilk biscuits, I thought he was a tad peculiar. I mean, I enjoy grits like ‘mostly’ everyone else but never thought about grits, fried catfish and biscuits in the same meal and on the same plate. Well think again, I tried it and it was delicious. I spiced the grits up with cheddar sprinklings topped with sweet corn relish and had hot buttermilk biscuits stuffed with an Albemarle Pepper Jelly I picked up in Charlottesville . The Cajun battered cat fish I whipped up completed the meal and Chateau Frank Célèbre Rosé (NV) complimented the meal quite well.

Review: The Chateau Frank Célèbre Rosé (NV) is one of several award winning sparkling wines produced by Dr Franks Vinifera Wine Cellars on Keuka Lake in Upstate New York. The Chateau Frank Rosé is produced from 100% estate grown Pinot Meunier grapes, which is a close relative to our seductive friend Pinot Noir and the most widely planted variety in France ’s Champagne region. Chateau Frank Célèbre Rosé is a nice salmon color and done in a crémant style, which translates into fuller bodied. On the taste, the wine offers brightness and an abundance of red berry fruit and a strong and refreshing fizz of tiny fine bubbles. At $20 this is a nice sparkling wine that local readers may be able to find at Total Wine stores.

More importantly, I would like to make mention of the founder of Dr. Franks Sparkling Wines, Willy Frank, the son of the renowned Dr. Konstantin Frank. Willy Frank planted his vineyard, Chateau Frank Champagne, consisting of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier off of Keuka Lake in the early 80’s. Willy Frank set out to add another dimension to an already successful and acclaimed winery and by all means succeeded, winning numerous awards and notable mention. Sadly, Willy passed away in March of 2006, but last year during our visit to the winery, we had the opportunity to meet and chat with his son Fred Frank, who continues the family tradition of producing high quality still and sparkling wines.

Want to learn more about New York wines? Check out the following blogs:

Lenndevours: Enjoying Long Island Wines and much more! Great Reviews! Great Site!

Finger Lakes Weekend Wino: Great source for Finger Lake Wines and Events.

Finger Lakes Wine Tribune: Resource for Finger Lake Wines and Reviews.

Quiz Answer: My Cousin Vinny -- Happy Sipping!


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