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Wine of the week: Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose 

Alsance, France

Retail $22-$23

France's cremant wines are heralded by many wine enthusiasts as the sparkling wines closest in style to Champagne. The major differences are that cremant wines are produced outside the Champagne region, and different grapes may be used in their production. This sparkling rose comes from Alsace, where the Albrecht family's ancestors planted vines nearly 600 years ago. It's made from pinot noir, the only red grape permitted in the region. Whole clusters of hand-picked grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press. After the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, the wine stays on its lees — still in the bottle — for 14 to 16 months. In the glass, it has an exuberant effervescence and aromas of strawberry and raspberry. On the palate, taste red berry fruit, wild cherry, vibrant acidity, minerality and a dry finish. Drink it as an aperitif or with seafood, salads, lighter meats, cheeses, desserts and salty bites such as potato chips. Buy it at: W.I.N.O. Shop and Dorignac's Food Center. Drink it at: Antoine's Restaurant, Effervescence, MoPho and Dakota Restaurant.

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