Alsatian wines are absolutely beautiful. Whether it’s a Pinot Blanc, a Riesling, or a Crémant d’ Alsace (sparkling), this region in France truly makes some wonderful wines. As you probably saw on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, The Wines of Alsace, Binny’s Beverage, and Teuwen Communications held their Twitter Taste and Tweet. I love participating in this because it’s the perfect excuse to drink some great wines with friends and pair some food.
I decided to do some slightly healthier “tapas” this time, seeing as it is summer and we had four great sparkling’s to taste. A selection of Wegman’s Cave Cheese, Mild Blue, Brie, and Aged Cheddar was a wonderful start with the first wine. The Lucein Albrecht Crémant d’ Alsace: Blanc de Blancs, Brut is light with a delicate palate that’s perfect with some cheeses. Also paired was Brie on Baked Garlic and Olive Oil Crostini topped with muddled Black Berries and Mango Vinegar. Sweet flavors, creamy textures, and bubbly wines sometimes make a perfect combination.
The Gustave Lorentz Crémant d’ Alsace Brut was up second and was nice and delicate as well. This wine went beautifully with the Watermelon Mozzarella Caprese Salad, which is light and refreshing with just a hint of saltiness.
Next came the rosés. The Dopff et Irion Crémant d’ Alsace Brut Rosé is made from Pinot Noir grapes which makes it full of nice red fruit flavors. This wine is a pretty pink with some orange tinges and went beautifully with the Sweet Potato, Pineapple, and Shrimp Hash. This dish is served slightly warm and full of rich flavors, sweet fruit, and meaty shrimp. Rosé, especially these sparkling’s, are just beautiful when paired with many foods which is what makes a hash like this a very good pairing. The other rosé was a Domaine Charles Baur. This wine is salmon in color with very fine bubbles making it playful and elegant. Aromas and flavors of red fruit and white flowers were very prominent which is why I chose Portabella Pizzas as a pairing for this wine. A light and fresh wine deserves a cheesy, juicy, and savory dish to accompany it.
For those of you who missed the live tweeting that night, you are now caught up. For more great wines and to see where you can purchase some of your own Alsatian wines, visit Winesofalsace.com.
Please pair responsibly!