Autumn and particularly Thanksgiving meals call for a distinctive wine. Something that cuts through yet enhances the flavors of turkey and seasonal vegetables like carrots, squash, and potatoes. I’m thinking beyond oaked Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. Sparkling wines like Prosecco and Champagne are great but for about half the price and a new taste experience, how about Crémant d’Alsace?
As the name implies, Crémant d’Alsace comes from the Alsace region of northeastern France. This sparkling variety is usually sold in the range of $15-$20 while offering all qualities of a superior sparkling wine made using the same methods as traditional Champagne. Grapes must be handpicked, go through a second fermentation in the bottle and aged for at least nine months to develop complexity.
Cremant d’Alsace’s bouquet is sharply defined by terroir making it ideal for pairing with a wide range of cuisines from Thai to Vietnamese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and French. So whether you’re digging into takeout at home or wondering what to pair up with formal meal at a top restaurant, keep Cremant d’Alsace in mind and be sure to ask for it even if it isn’t on the wine list.
Here are some excellent pairing ideas to get started.
photo courtesy of alsace-wine.net