It’s amazing how one wine leads to another. The 2001 Blanc de Blancs ($35) is a refreshing sparkling wine made in the Champagne method using 100% hand-harvested old-vine Pinot Blancs (The best-known sparkling wine made from Pinot Blanc is the Crémant d’Alsace, but outside of this northeast French wine region it is rare to see 100% Pinot Blanc sparkling wines). Creamy in texture, this wine is bright, light in weight and redolent of Granny Smith apples. It immediately made me think of pairing it with an oyster selection from the raw bar. A limited 375 cases were produced. The rosé is even more ephemeral at a mere 240 cases! Luckily the still Lieb Pinot Blanc is popping up at wine retailers all over the city, so I can sip my heart away.