Mousse Sparkling Wine Company Opens in Jordan and Holds Open Day Monday | News
The only thing more unique than a winery devoted primarily to sparkling wine might be a librarian turned winemaker, like Minnesota-born Josie Boyle, founder of Mousse Sparkling Wine Co. The winery and tasting room opened September 1 . 7, welcome visitors with wine and food samples.
“I’ve been interested in wine for a long time,” said Boyle, for whom Mousse’s open house is the culmination of a long-held dream. A college French major, Boyle saw firsthand on a study abroad trip to Parish how important wine is to French culture. His education included learning about different types of wine, wine pairings, and the exhilaration that comes from sharing a great bottle with friends.
Back in the States, Boyle discovered a wine appreciation class at his local community college and decided to enroll. This course opened the door to others in viticulture and winemaking, and Boyle saw his interest grow into a passion.
“I quit my job as a librarian and started working for wineries,” Boyle said. She traveled to New Zealand for her first job at a winery and ended up in Traverse City, Michigan, with a winemaker specializing in sparkling wines.
“That’s where my love of sparkling wines really started,” Boyle said. She was fascinated by the different techniques and flavor combinations that went into making a bottle of champagne. After a 5 year stint in Chankaska as an assistant winemaker, Boyle felt inspired to go into business for herself. Her husband, himself an amateur brewer, enthusiastically supports her. Together they found a beautiful old building in Jordan and remodeled it to include a prep kitchen, winemaking space and tasting bar, thus founding Mousse Sparkling Wine Co.
“Mousse is actually the French term for the layer of bubbles on a glass of champagne, much like the head of a beer,” Boyle said. “It emphasizes that we are all bubbles!”
The winery’s logo—a wineglass between two moose antlers—also pays a playful homage to Boyle’s home state.
Boyle and his team immediately got to work creating fruity and fun sparkling wines using grapes from their self-managed vineyard in Shakopee as well as those purchased from local vendors. Next on the schedule is a hard apple cider that will be available before the end of September.
From the doors open on Labor Day and throughout the season, visitors can expect to taste dry and sweet sparkling wines. Although Boyle produces a white and red variety that is still in house, the focus will be on carbonated offerings.
“The focus on sparkling wines really sets us apart,” Boyle said. “The plan is to expose our customers to the different types of wines that can be made with bubbles.”
Meat and cheese platters are available for customers to order while they enjoy their wine. Additionally, Boyle plans to partner with nearby restaurant Suzette’s to offer pancakes.
“They make them really fancy with about 15 layers of pancakes and filling,” Boyle said. “They are really good!”
The Mouse Sparkling Wine Co. encourages locals to keep an eye out for upcoming special events. During the first three Sundays of September, the winery offers free lunch and wine vouchers to anyone who comes to help harvest the grapes. Other possible events include “paint and sip” classes and end-of-year parties.
“We have some fun stuff in the works!” Boyle said.
Mousse Sparkling Wine Co. will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.moussewinery.com.