In our last week of Eat (and drink) Local Month, I’m reviewing Bluet Charmat from Maine. Made entirely from Wild Maine Blueberries, Bluet Charmat is vinted in Jefferson, Maine. Thoreau called wild blueberries “bluets” and wrote of their “innocent ambrosial taste, as if made of the ether itself”. Bluet wild blueberry sparkling wine captures summer in Maine with the purity of a single ingredient: native Maine wild blueberries. Using the Charmat Method (the same method that produces Prosecco) Bluet is brightly and bubbly with vivid fresh berry aroma. A chilled glass of Bluet makes a fine dry apéritif on its own, but also as the foundation of a sparkling cocktail, Bluet has an affinity for a variety of ingredients. Try Bluet with a splash of triple sec over crushed ice and a sprig of mint, or give it an old-fashioned treatment with rye whiskey, simple syrup and bitters. If you can get your hands on some mead, pour over ice, squash a lemon and float Bluet on top for a perfect peak-of-summer drink.This is truly a Northern New England original, now available at the Littleton Food Co-op.
Read more about Bluet Charmat here.