Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut, $30.00

There's always room for Bubbles! First to dispel a bit of confusion—there’s a hot new category of wines called Pétillant Naturel, or Pet-Nat for short. These are wines that are bottled directly from the fermentation tanks BEFORE fermentation is complete. Fermentation then finishes in the bottle. The CO2 that is the natural byproduct of said fermentation dissolves into the wine and seemingly disappears till the cork is popped. It’s actually a practice that dates back to the 16th century in France and is also called method ancestrale. Then there is the French category of pétillant, without the naturel. These are simply semi-sparkling wines with less pressure (1 to 2.5 atmospheres) than sparkling wines like Champagne (5 to 6 atmospheres). This Vouvray from the Loire is in the latter category, a 100 percent Chenin Blanc that gets its full scale tiny bubbles from the methode traditionale, the same as Champagne. The result is a sparkling wine that is crisp, dry and minerally with lovely hints of flowers, ripe pears, and spices without any of that gamey funk that the wine geeks and wanna-be-geeks rave about. A great bottle to keep around for bubbly occasions (like any Tuesday night).