Special Occasion Wines Worth The Price


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For special occasions, I immediately think of sparkling wines, as they are bubbly, festive, and pair easily with a variety of foods. The most well-known sparkling wines come from Champagne. However, another option is crémant, a sparkling wine that is crafted in the traditional method like Champagne, but whose grapes come from other areas in France. One region that makes crémant is Alsace, a cool-climate appellation that is located near Germany and Switzerland. Alsatian producer, Cave de Turckheim, which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, makes a non-vintage, Mayerling Crémant d’Alsace Rosé Brut (SRP $32) from 100% pinot noir that is celebratory and delightful. In the glass, it is a very pale, clear salmon color with fine bubbles. On the palate, it is effervescent and fruity, with lively raspberry and strawberry flavors complemented by a creamy mouthfeel and mouthwatering acidity. Because of its freshness and vibrancy, it would be a wonderful apéritif, as well as a nice accompaniment to soft cheeses, seafood, and poultry.
Elizabeth Smith, Traveling Wine Chick

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