Okay, I know, it’s not really picnic season right now, at least not in North America, but sometimes you just want to curl up by the coffee table and have an indoor picnic and that’s just what we did with these two beautiful Crémant d’Alsace wines.
We were focusing on Crémant Rosé for our post with the French #Winophiles, but we had a couple of beautiful sparkling white Crémant d’Alsace wines come in that we thought you should be on the lookout! They would be perfect for holiday parties, or for a simple relaxing dinner after a day of holiday shopping.
Pierre Sparr Crémant d’Alsace Brut Réserve
This Crémant comes from the heart of the Haut-Rhin where Maison Pierre Sparr has been making wine since 1680! 80% Pinot Blanc and 20% Auxerrois the wines are whole cluster pressed separately and undergo their first fermentation in stainless steel. They are then blended and head into secondary fermentation in bottle. They sit on the lees for 12 to 16 months. The soils here are granite, limestone, gneiss and chalky-clay. Alcohol is at 12.25% and you can find this wine for around $19 per bottle.
The tasting notes on their site mentioned “dried mango and hints of nuts”, so I picked up dried mango and cashews to see if they would pair well.
Cave de Ribeauville Giersberger Cremant d’Alsace Brut
The oldest wine cooperative still operating in France, Cave de Ribeauville produces 72 different wines. Like the Pierre Sparr, this wine sits at 80/20 with Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. It sits in bottle for at least 9 months. Alcohol sits at 12% and I had trouble finding the SRP for this particular wine. The closest I found was in euros at 8.95 which would make this a bargain at around $10.25 US.
These are tasty and affordable sparking wines. If you want to understand the term “crémant” take a sip of one of these wines and swish it around in your mouth. The creamy delightful texture is the essence of “crémant”
We asked for some suggestions and had some great options! Casey of Travelling Corkscrew mentioned popcorn, oysters and anything with soy. Martin Redmond of Enofylz Wine Blog suggested potato chips, popcorn and triple creme cheese. We opted to pair these with popcorn, pot stickers (another shout out to Casey for the pairing with soy inspiration), brie (we had to settle for double creme), dried mango, cashews and ….Fried Chicken! (that came from the Wines of Alsace site) The acid and bubbles with the fat are perfect!
I recommend takeout. Life is busy enough during the holidays. Then park yourself on the floor at the coffee table, turn on your favorite Netflix and pop a bottle of Crémant d’Alsace! You can thank me later.