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Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Robin Garr » Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:28 am

One of our Louisville foodies (Hi, Jay!) just asked about the pronunciation of the New Mexico sparkling wine, and just as I was mindlessly responding, "'Groo-ay,' of course," it occurred to me that I don't know this with certainty.

So, experts, what'sit? "Groo-ay" or "Groo-ett" or something else?
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Howie Hart » Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:55 am

A google search found the following from
http://www.gastronomie-sf.com/2005/04/w ... _rest.html
so you're not the only one confused.


"We each ordered a glass of Gruet Blanc de Noirs ($7), which is a lovely sparkling wine. I was kind of put off when our waiter pointedly "corrected" my pronunciation (Groo-ay) and said, "OK, two glasses of the Groo-ett, then?" (He would commit the same faux pas again, when I ordered a bottle of '01 Domaine Joblot Givry ($55) and he would "correct" me to Give-ree.)"

A browse through their website does not give a pronunciation, however, the name is based on a French family name. So this would exclude using a local pronunciation, as there are many of those.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:22 am

When a windery rep poured it at a tasting I went to a couple of years ago he pronounced it Groo-et.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by John Tomasso » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:30 am

Yes, it's most definitely Groo-et.
I think.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Bob Ross » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:38 am

At an upscale wine bar in Sante Fe local folks called it 'Groo-ay".

Served it cold and delicious as well.

Same on all three counts at Inn at Loretto. Geronimo Restaurant.

For what it's worth. Like Howie, I don't see any winery pronunciation help online or on the labeling. But it's the same family that established Gruet in France in the 50s.

Looks like your instinct is serving you well Robin. :-)
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Redwinger » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:44 am

The voice on their answering machine says:
Groo-ay
That's goodnuf for me.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Howie Hart » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:01 am

Redwinger wrote:The voice on their answering machine says:
Groo-ay
That's goodnuf for me.
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Excellent solution! Good thinking. 8)
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Bob Ross » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:20 am

Same pronunciation on their Bistro recording.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:22 am

Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.
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by Redwinger » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:23 am

Howie Hart wrote:Good thinking. 8)

Howie,
Trust me, this is a very rare occurrence
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Redwinger » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:25 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.

David,
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:33 am

Redwinger wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.

David,
Feeling a little curmudgeonly this morning?
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Yes, but it really is my honest assessment of Gruet. I have never been remotely impressed.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by wrcstl » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:55 am

David M. Bueker wrote:
Redwinger wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.

David,
Feeling a little curmudgeonly this morning?
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Yes, but it really is my honest assessment of Gruet. I have never been remotely impressed.


David,
I am dissapointed when you are wrong :lol:

My order for sparkling stuff taking into price and taste, guess that is QPR
1- Prosecco
2- Gruet
3- Loire sparklers
4- vintage Champagne (expensive but the best)
5- NV Champagne (not worth $40 IMHO)

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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:56 am

wrcstl wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:
Redwinger wrote:
David M. Bueker wrote:Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.

David,
Feeling a little curmudgeonly this morning?
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Yes, but it really is my honest assessment of Gruet. I have never been remotely impressed.


David,
I am dissapointed when you are wrong :lol:

My order for sparkling stuff taking into price and taste, guess that is QPR
1- Prosecco
2- Gruet
3- Loire sparklers
4- vintage Champagne (expensive but the best)
5- NV Champagne (not worth $40 IMHO)

Walt


Nice list, except for the first two. :lol:
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Mark Lipton » Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:55 pm

Robin Garr wrote:One of our Louisville foodies (Hi, Jay!) just asked about the pronunciation of the New Mexico sparkling wine, and just as I was mindlessly responding, "'Groo-ay,' of course," it occurred to me that I don't know this with certainty.

So, experts, what'sit? "Groo-ay" or "Groo-ett" or something else?


At the winery's tasting room in Albuquerque, it's "Groo-ay." The founding family hails from Champagne, BTW.

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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Robin Garr » Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:02 pm

And, for final confirmation, I waited until business hours in New Mexico, called the winery, and spoke to the gentleman in the tasting room. It is, indeed, "Gru-ay."

Quite an interesting discussion! Thanks to all who took part.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Bob Ross » Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:07 pm

Gee, "Gru" and "Groo" sound the same to me -- no wonder my reading French is so superior to my hearing French. :(
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:17 pm

You are likely to be eaten by a Gru-ay.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by Bob Henrick » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:28 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Of course there is then the question of...why does it really matter...it's inexpensive, decent sparkling wine, not anything worth talking about in any detail.


David, I wish I had read this prior to asking you in another thread if you had had any of the Gruet sparklers. Apparently you have, and you have dismissed them as not having any worth.
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Re: Pronunciation of "Gruet"?

by David M. Bueker » Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:32 pm

No problem Bob. I just really do not like them at all.

By the way, part of my disdain stems from some "beat the Champagnes" stuff that came out in local papers years ago. It reminded me of the LI Merlot beats Petrus, and I hate that type of stuff. It's almost always bogus for one reason or another.
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