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Pierre Sparr Cremant d'Alsace Rose 

Alsace, France

Retail $23

Cremants are French sparkling wines made in the methode traditionelle outside of the Champagne appellation's geographic boundaries. Alsace is near Champagne in northeastern France and has the same cool, fairly dry climate. This wine from Pierre Sparr, a family firm founded in 1680, was produced in Sigolsheim in the Upper Rhine area. The wine's 100 percent pinot noir grapes come from vineyards in the foothills of the Vosges Mountains and on the Rhine Valley floor and reflect different terroirs. The wine goes through initial fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and then is blended and goes through second fermentation with added yeast. A minimum of 18 months in the bottle passes before it is prepared for the market. The bouquet exudes yeasty aromas with toasted brioche, fresh strawberries, watermelon and citrus notes. On the palate, taste red berries, cherry, apple, orange peel and lively acidity. Drink it with turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, oysters, smoked fish and truffled popcorn. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. Drink it at: Luke, Cafe Amelie, Sainte Marie and Nuvolari's. — BRENDA MAITLAND

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