that I open-and-drink, cook-and-eat, and only then think “Oh! I should have photographed that.” Thus the bottle of Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé from Domaine Allimant-Laugner is open and empty.
This weekend, I did manage to take a picture with a bottle and glass. But you can see from the lack of composition, I was in a hurry. This second was a birthday bottle; the first was to celebrate the last day of recipe testing for Souvenirs: Stories and Recipes from my Life by Hubert Keller (and me!).
This is just an amazingly delicious, lovely-to-look-at, and exceedingly well-priced sparkling wine. I discovered it in the convenience store on the corner of my block of 17th Street in San Francisco. One of the member’s of the family that owns the shop loves wine and has a great collection with good prices.
Crémant is the name given to sparkling wines from regions in France other than Champagne. These can offer tremendous value and are often very good wines. Look for them from Alsace and Burgundy, too.
Though both these bottles were purchased to celebrate special occasions, I recommend much broader consumption of sparkling wines. In fact, for several years running, my New Years resolution was to order a glass of sparkling wine whenever I had the opportunity. Worked well for me; why not try it yourself?