Budget Champagne Alternative

Budget Champagne Alternative

Cremant d'Alsace is a festive choice that won't break the bank

Description: As a best-kept secret as far as Champagne alternatives, Crémant d’Alsace is made according to the highest standards of the Champagne method – meaning hand-harvested, undergoing secondary fermentation in the bottle, etc. – only lacking the Champagne appellation and price tag. At generally $14-24/bottle, Crémant d’Alsace (from Alsace, bien sûr, in the northeast corner of France) is a bargain. The Alsace region is home to hundreds of winemaking families, many stretching back three centuries or more, and has a strong focus on organic and biodynamic winemaking. Some of the most widely available Crémant d’Alsace producers are Albert Mann (which uses 25-year-old vines); François Baur (biodynamic); and Lucien Albrecht (which also makes a 100% Pinot Noir rosé); but there are dozens of others. To make your sparkling wine budget stretch even further, Crémant d’Alsace cocktails are another option, and/or for food pairing ideas, visit http://justaddfood.com/stories/add-spice-to-the-party-by-grub-street.php

Cremant d'Alsace is delicious on its own, or in sparkling wine cocktails

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Price: $14.00 to $24.00

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