Hooray, we are halfway through the week and it is time to introduce another wine. This one threw me for a loop so my recommendation is a little lengthy. Hang in there!
Blanc du bois (BLAHNK du bwah)- The Blanc du bois is a white grape that was created in Florida. The reason for breeding this grape is because the humid gulf region is highly susceptible to Pierce’s Disease which is a bacteria that attacks the grapes’ vines and kills the entire plant. This would be an excellent variety for Brian and me to grow being that we live in southeast Texas.
I have experienced two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to Blanc du bois wines. My first bottle was EXTREMELY sweet. I don’t fancy those sweet wines so I was a little put off. However, my mom gave Brian and me a membership to a Texas Wine of the Month Club (thanks, Mom) and we received a bottle of Blanc du bois a couple of days ago. I figured I would use it as my choice wine this week to attract my sweetie pie wine drinkers. However, you can imagine my surprise when the bottle said “dry table wine.” I was a little confused so I had to do a little research.
The Blanc du bois is a muscat grape hybrid which is known to produce a sweet, dessert wine. I am assuming one winery upped the sugar levels and made their wine sweet whereas most wineries utilize the Blanc du bois as a dry table wine. After reading this information, I can definitely recognize the potential for a dessert wine behind this grape but I prefer the table wine better.
Now, on to my review. This bottle I am critiquing has a pleasant aroma which I would describe as pear-like. It really is such a pretty smell! The flavor is a little different; but, what really catches my attention is the way it almost has the attributes of a sparkling wine. There is nothing bubbly about the texture of the liquid but as you take a sip it really sparkles on tongue. Remember, I am not an expert but I would have a hard time trying to pair this wine with a food. I say enjoy a nice bottle of Blanc du bois with great conversation!