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Dopff & Irion Cremant d'Alsace Rose 

Alsace, France

Retail $22-$24

A rose sparkling wine can be a perfect partner for an evening of food and fun. This Cremant from the Alsace region is a product of two families who forged a partnership in 16th century. Today, the company is a leading Alsace producer with 67 acres of vineyards at the firm's estate, Chateau de Riquewihr. Located between the Vosges Mountains to the west and Schoenenbourg hill on the north, the vineyards are protected from harsh climate influences. As the fruit matures and the levels of sugar and acid are in balance, the grapes are harvested by hand. In the cellar, the fruit is gently pressed and only the first pressing juice makes the cut for estate wines. Following traditional tank fermentation, a second fermentation occurs in the bottle during nine months aging on the lees. In the glass, this 100 percent pinot noir sparkling rose is refreshing and lively, with delicate aromas of fresh flowers, red berries and a hint of brioche leading into rounded flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry fruit on the palate. Serve well-chilled. Great with seafood, fowl, light meats and a variety of dishes. Buy it at: Bin 428, Swirl Wine Market and Bacchanal. Drink it at: Square Root, Windsor Court Hotel, Martinique Bistro, Doris Metropolitan, Gautreau's, Oak, The Joint and One Eyed Jacks.

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