This Week's Pack
France's Champagne Alternatives
I am a Champagne kind of girl - a bubbly fanatic. I love this style of wine, the people who produce it, and the way sparkling wine pairs with food. All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. In this pack, I wanted to showcase a French style of wine called "Crémant" that often represents some of the best values in the area. Crémant is made outside of the Champagne region in many places throughout France, like Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley, and beyond. This wine is made in the same traditional method, or "Methode Champenoise" style, where secondary fermentation must happen inside of the bottle. Alternative methods of fermentation occur in tanks, and the wine is bottled under pressure or have CO2 injected into it to carbonate the wine. The toast, brioche, yeast, and biscuit flavors of great sparkling wine come about as a result of aging in the bottle on the lees (spent yeast cells) so that the autolysis or breakdown of yeast adds to the flavor of the wine. By law, Crémant must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before disgorgement, giving us a lot of flavors similar to Champagne, which is aged for a minimum of 15 months. The shorter aging also allows for the fresh, vibrant quality of the wine and makes for the perfect holiday gift, wine for entertaining, or just imbibing. All of these bubbly wines have slightly different flavors and are a fun way to compare and contrast. Sante! -Laura Maniec, MS
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What You Get
- Four 750ml bottles of wine hand selected by a Weekly Tasting Sommelier; you pick which week and Sommelier you like. No recurring club fees!
- A 10 minute Tasting video led by the Sommelier
- A pack of tasting cards with recipe pairings
- Access to a personal Weekly Tasting cellar to review your wines and share with friends
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Each week our Somms thoughtfully select a 4-pack of wine based on a common theme. Once the pack is selected, they record a video so you can watch along and learn about each wine as you taste your pack. Weekly Tasting isn't a club so you'll only receive the packs you select!
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