Birthday Bubbles with Argyle Vintage Brut

Bubbles can brighten any dreary day. Especially birthday bubbles!

It was yet another gloomy day in Iowa’s long, desolate winter.

But never mind, my birthday is approaching. Close enough that I felt like celebrating.

You know, I love my bubbles! So with an ease of the cork, the bubbles were flowing and I could look past the bleakness and celebrate a charmed life, for which I am grateful!

Did I mention the EAGLE? It was as if this magnificent bird knew I needed assurance that everything is going to be fine in the next year ahead. He flew right past our porch and landed in a nearby tree. And he was kind enough to stay for a long time, often looking my way, in between some grooming and just gazing out from the branch.

I opened the Argyle Vintage Brut and drank it along with my Huevos Rancheros for brunch. Only a few weeks ago I wrote about the Argyle 2012 vintage Brut. This time I opened the 2013 with a different blend than the 2012. The differences were subtle, but they were there.

Argyle Winery was established in 1987 in Dundee, Oregon in the Willamette Valley, a 150-mile long valley extending from Portland, southward. Today there are nearly 500 wineries in the valley where the focus is on Pinot Noir along with Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The cool climate here brings beautiful acidity to the wines, and the area continues to be farmed by families who understand the unique climate this area offers. In my visits to Willamette Valley, I have been seated at the winemaker’s kitchen table as they pulled bottles from their household refrigerator to pour a taste. Or, the winemaker has come down off his tractor to come into the winery and offer us samples of his gorgeous wines.


The 2013 vintage blends 60% Pinot Noir with 40% Chardonnay. (By contrast, the 2012 vintage was 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.) The traditional Champagne method is employed in producing this Brut Sparkling Wine.

The foamy bubbles express celebration! Aromas are similar to the 2012 with citrus notes, orange peel and yeasty bread.

The palate shows more vanilla and hints of cherry along with orange peel and rich nut pastry. The mid-palate accents tangerine and lemon dessert. The palate is rich and creamy with zesty acidity and the flavors linger on until finally leaving the palate dry.

We paired this sparkling wine with a recipe favorite, Huevos Rancheros. A simple combination of black beans and house-made salsa simmered in the pan.

Eggs were dropped into indentations and cooked until firm.

A sprinkling of cilantro and onion were covered with cheese.

The acidity of the Argyle Brut allowed it to pair with all the flavors and textures in our brunch dish. The ripe fruit notes were cooling to the spicy salsa peppers.

My gloomy day was brightened with birthday bubbles, and the reassurance of the presence of the Eagle who stopped by to further brighten my day!


Celebrating birthdays!;

Chasing away the gloominess of the day;

Pairing with practically anything!

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