Pairing Sparkling Wine

Learn how to pair sparkling wine with this guide from Eric Guido

 


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Crémant d'Alsace

Alsace is much better known for outstanding Riesling, yet they also produce a sparkling wine labeled Crémant d'Alsace. I often think of this as a more affordable French alternative to Champagne. Crémant d'Alsace typically shows a calling card of vibrant acidity that stands out on the palate. When you add that to the menagerie of aromas and flavors created by the diverse soils of Alsace, you end up with a wine of great character that pairs beautifully with food.  

Due to its lighter nature, I usually prefer to keep Crémant at the beginning of my meal. It can easily pair with most appetizers and loves salty foods. However, it also goes well with eggs, asparagus and cured pork. Thinking along those lines, I came across a recipe for an Asparagus & Pancetta Frittata. Not only was it a great pairing, but I’m also happy to have found this easy and very tasty recipe.

N.V. Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Blanc de Blancs Brut - On the nose I found green apples, lemon, whole butter and chalky minerals. The palate showed Granny Smith apple, flower petals and grassy tones with a bitter feel that was then washed clean by a strong core of acidity. On the finish, the senses were left dry but then began to water with lingering notes of grapefruit and walnut. (89 points)

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