Celebration season is upon us and there is no better way to celebrate than with sparkling wine. A fantastic alternative to champagne is sparkling wine from the Alsace region. These wines are also called Crémant d’Alsace. They are produced in the traditional method used in the Champagne region of France, but they can use different varietals and are often much more affordable than their Champagne counterparts.
I celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom and two fabulous Crémants. The first was Domaine Mittnatch Freres. With notes of short bread and white pepper, this clean, crisp, sparkler has a light, airy mouth feel and has a long finish with wonderful mineralty.
This wine has an impressive assortment of varietals contributing to its elegant flavor: 60% Pinot Auxerrois, 10% Pinot Blanc, 10% Riesling, 10% Pinot Gris, and 10% Pinot Noir. It retails at a very affordable $23. A lovely bubbly to toast with, and it also makes a fine mimosa.
The second sparkling wine we enjoyed was Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut (Blanc de Blanc). This bubbly has a creamy, round, mouth feel with notes of baking spice, white pepper and passion fruit. The varietals in this fun wine are: 50% Pinot Blanc, 50% Auxerrois. While this wine is still dry, its fruity characteristics made it seem much less dry than the Domaine Mittnatch Freres. It’s a lovely, easy drinking, sparkling wine with an equally easy price of only $18.
At these prices, Friday, or even hump day can be reasons to celebrate. Cheers!