The dinner out discussed below started with two wines, a rather innocuous Bourgogne Aligote and a 2014 Soucherie Cremant de Loire, a sparkling rose'. The wine was a blend of 90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Chenin blanc. My first impression at the beginning of the first sip was 'too fruity.' That changed in mid palate as the expected sweetness never materialized. Instead it was dry fruit with great acid and body and just the right amount of bubbles to keep every thing in a festive mood. The 12% alcohol was all this wine needed. Refreshing and happy, it set the stage for better wines to follow. At $18 a bottle it's a bargain.