Sunday, January 12, 2014

Klipfel Crémant d'Alsace brut

Golden
Toasty
Nutty
Dry



Delicious. Crémant means sparkling; Alsace is the region of eastern France which produces this sparkling wine, in the style of Champagne, that may not be called "Champagne" because it is not actually made in, etc., etc. You know the drill. The grapes permitted for the Crémant d'Alsace AC -- it is an appellation, a place guaranteed to make a wine a certain way -- may include chardonnay, pinot blanc, pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, and the little known Auxerrois blanc.

So one night we ate polenta and garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes, green peppers and spicy Italian sausages. This Klipfel happened to be in my refrigerator. I asked the daughter's boyfriend whether he would like a glass of wine with dinner, and he in turn asked, "I don't know -- what wine goes with this?" And I said, "Whatever is in my refrigerator." He laughed. So we drank Klipfel Crémant d'Alsace. Why not?

And might it also pair well with Thanksgiving? Why not?

Retail, about $16.

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