Wine: French Crémants
Stop settling for prosecco, said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. If you’re caught up in sparkling wine’s current surge, you’ll get more pleasure from French crémants. Crémants are sparklers made outside Champagne, and they’re more layered and creamier than Italy’s popular bubbly. “Think of them as the underdogs of the French wine world, offering sophisticated Gallic flair without the Champagne price tag.”
NV Domaine Saint-Remy Brut Cuvée Prestige ($24). Alsace produces many easy-to-find crémants, including this “bright, crisp” cuvée with notes of plum and golden apples.
NV Parigot & Richard Brut Rosé ($25). “Lively, tangy” strawberry flavors make this Burgundy rosé “perfect for a decadent brunch.”
2014 Domaine Vincendeau ($22). This “bright and mineral” crémant from the Loire Valley has a floral aroma and “serious depth.” ■