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best-kept bubbly secret, pink style

cremant d'alsace dirler cadePink bubbles usually costs more than white ones. Some people say this is because you have to add some still red wine to the white bubbly, which can up the cost either because of the additional wine and the additional effort. But it’s worth it!

We’ve gone through some great sparkling rosés, but here’s a great secret: Alsace. I’m a huge fan of Alsace wines in general, and the rosé sparklers are no exception. Since it’s not from the Champagne region, it can’t be called Champagne but it’s made in the exact same way and just called Crémant d’Alsace. The rosé versions are made with all Pinot Noir grapes and are so good and way more affordable. Great strawberry and raspberry with a lot of minerality to them. The only difference I always find is that the bubbles are pretty hearty and not as elegant as Champagne – some people like that, some don’t, some like both.

Anyway, here are a few great ones to try:

willm cremant d'alsace

Willm Brut Rosé NV, $17

pierre sparr cremant d'alsace

Pierre Sparr Brut Rosé NV, $20

lucien albrecht cremant d'alsace

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé NV, $18

Dirler - Cadé Brut Rosé 2009, $25

Dirler – Cadé Brut Rosé 2009, $25

We had the Dirler at a dinner and it was awesome with the petit fours. I consumed a lot of both.
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8 thoughts on “best-kept bubbly secret, pink style

  1. Loving all the advice and suggestions I’m finding here! I love wine but don’t know a whole lot about it so thanks for sharing!

  2. “Pink bubbles usually costs more than white ones. Some people say this is because you have to add some still red wine to the white bubbly, which can up the cost either because of the additional wine and the additional effort”. I’m really enjoying reading your posts, however I found this comment a little misleading. Yes, cheaper versions of pink sparkling are sometimes made by adding small amounts of red wine to ‘white’ sparkling (which could in fact be made with a blend of red and white fruit). However, true Rose sparklings and Champagnes are made with a blend of red grapes (usually Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) and Chardonnay. The tinit is achieved by allowing a controlled amount of red grape skin contact during the beginning of fermentation and imparting some pigment into the base wine. This Rose base wine is then made sparkling wine via a number of methods….

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