Domaine Sérol Turbullent

Sparkling wines don’t get the credit they deserve.

They are delicious, diverse, and downright perfect for pairing, but most folks only drink them on rare occasions. But as Riley can attest, my perfect date night (or Monday night, for that matter) starts with a glass of bubbly because I simply can’t get enough of the complexity of flavors, aromas, and textures within each glass. And, most importantly, because it turns a regular evening into something special. At Le Cordon Bleu, I was trained to open a bottle of Champagne as quietly as possible, with no more sound than a “nun tooting in a church” (true story), but honestly, that’s silly in real life. I say, pop that cork loud and proud, and get your party started!

While sparkling wines are certainly a welcome guest during the cocktail hour of an evening, they can easily be paired with food as well. A simple wine pairing rule to follow here is that you should match a sweet dish with a wine that's at least as sweet. (Which is why “dry” champagne makes such a poor pairing with cake.) This juicy sparkling Gamay from the Loire Valley in France is bursting with ripe strawberries and cherries, balanced with satisfyingly tart lemon, all wrapped up with a luxurious creamy texture on the finish. It’s just slightly sweet, so it’s perfect for pairing with desserts or dishes with only a hint of sweetness. And don’t worry if you find yourself downing a glass rather than sipping it slowly - it’s perfectly natural when something is so darn delicious!

Pairs perfectly with:
~ Fruit and cheese board
~ Vanilla creme brulée
~ French-style fruit tart
~ Salted caramel pie

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Domaine Sérol, dating back to the 18th century, has been managed by the same family for five generations. The current captain of the ship, Stéphane Sérol, manages the property with his wife Carine, and together they are committed to responsible farming as well as the promotion of their local version of the Gamay grape. The domaine is certified organic and Stéphane is currently in the process of converting each parcel to Demeter (biodynamic) certification. According to Stephane, they are committed to “cultivating grape varieties that correspond perfectly to the nature of our terroir and to work the vines in a manner consistent with sustainable viticulture.”




“We take our inspiration from local wine-growing traditions to create wines that are authentic and express the essence of our terroir… While in a state of constant renewal, the domaine has not forgotten its values: respect for work, passion for the vines, the savoir-faire of the winegrower and a commitment to the Côte Roannaise.”


When we talk about Gamay, it’s natural to think immediately of the Beaujolais region of France - or more specifically, the marketing success story, Beaujolais Nouveau - and not the Loire. In fact, I did a double-take myself when I realized this sparkling Gamay wasn’t from Beaujolais. But since the very beginning of the Serols’ venture into wine production, they’ve been committed to sharing the rarely tasted variant of Gamay from their small appellation in the Loire. They’ve set out to display the myriad of expressions the grape can display in red and rosé wines, in both sparkling and still versions. These vines are densely planted in order to create a beautiful concentration of flavor and aroma, and while the average vine age here is a staggering 40 years old, some can even reach 90! The particular variant of Gamay grown in this region produces fruity and fleshy reds and rosés that are an absolute treat to discover.

While every wine producer that we feature is committed to sustainable farming practices, Serol has made it core to their identity and inseparable for the overarching goals for the future of the domaine. They have publicly promised to promote viticulture practices that respect the environment, maintain a broad diversity within the vineyard ecosystem, preserve and contribute to the balance of the soil, use only natural treatments on the vines, and, impressively, to minimize water, soil, and air pollution at the same time. It’s inspiring to see a domaine so steeped in history be so focused on the future, and it’s exciting to watch them champion these practices to other wineries around the world.