As the saying goes, “everyone has to start somewhere.” This past Friday, after a long week of absolutely gorgeous weather here on the Eastern Seaboard, I was thinking that this would be a great way to officially start the weekend:
Living lovely on the deck.
I do have to say, I love…LOVES me some caviar!! Now, now… I know what you’re thinking, but to be completely honest with you, this is just some tasty and cheap roe that gets the job done for my tuna fish wallet.
This simple slice of Icelandic heaven consists:
- Table Water Crackers
- Cream Cheese
- Cheap Caviar
- Add in some fresh mozzarella balls on the side, and you’ve got yourself a Friday night party on the deck!
To celebrate this beautiful Eastern Spring evening and appetizer, I thought I’d lock lips with a few east coast sparklers: two exquisite bottles of bubbly from New York’s Dr. Frank Wine Cellars.
Pioneered by Dr. Konstantin Frank, this Finger Lakes winery has earned a reputation for producing outstanding Rieslings and sparkling wines that adhere to the classic French “methode champenoise.”
The first was the Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs (2006) (Sample, MSRP: $29.99 US).
This sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, and was aged for more than three years before its release. When my wife and I released it into our glasses this past Friday night, it was like a fruit pie being swept up into a twister of teeny-tiny bubbles: rich and toasty with notes of pear and ginger. Absolutely delicious from start to finish! Highly recommended with a little (or a lot) of my little caviar snack! 4 Stars out of 4 for the Chateau Frank Blanc de Blancs.
Our second sparkler was the Chateau Frank Célèbre Rosé (NV) (Sample, MSRP: $20.99 US).
Unlike the rich, big mouthful style of the Blanc de Blancs, this bubbly is more of an easy-going deck wine to enjoy with family and friends. Made with 100% estate grown Pinot Meunier grapes, it offers an orchard of raspberries and strawberries for those that prefer a sweeter style sparkler. By the second glass, we were longing for a giant piece of pan-seared salmon to go with it! 3 out of 4 for Chateau Frank Célèbre Rosé (NV).
If only every weekend could start out this way!