Allô Alsace! When Americans think about French wine, Bordeaux comes to most minds. For others, it’s Burgundy. And, of course, nothing could be more French than Champagne. It seems like the cool, northeasterly region nestled between the Vosges Mountains and Germany known as Alsace is oft overlooked. But Alsace has exceptional wines, especially if you’re a lover of whites, and deserves its due attention.
Sparkling wine is appropriate any time of the year, but it’s especially welcome during celebrations and holidays. Besides being festive, sparkling wines are made using grapes with high acidity. This acid, as well as the bubbles, helps these wines cut through a myriad of holiday foods, including those with higher salt and/or fat contents, making them excellent mates for varied holiday hors d’oeuvres.
I hate to break it to you, but Thanksgiving is this Thursday. I know, it snuck up on me too. (Didn’t we just have Halloween?) So for all those last-minute shoppers like me preparing for Turkey Day or thinking ahead to the jolly holidays, consider picking up a few organic, biodynamic, or sustainable wines.
But what do any of those terms really mean?