One of the things that I love the most about being in the wine industry is meeting winemakers. Their stories are rather intriguing and you can get a sense of the sweat and tears that goes into their work.
I had the pleasure of having dinner with Jerome Keller, the winemaker from Lucien Albrecht, when he was in NYC city. While it may be hard to located some of the Lucien Albrecht wines, be on the lookout for the Brut Rosé. It makes a guest appearance in most areas. It’s a rather sexy yet affordable French sparkling wine made in an interesting part of France. Santé!
If you look at photos of Alsace it looks like a magickal town. It’s scenery is breathtaking. It has all the makings of a enchanted city. The region is known for two things that I love the most: witches and wine.
Alsace became one of my favorite wine regions due to the delicious that come out of the area. The region was passed between Germany and France several times. Think of it as a French wine region with German influence. Both German and French are spoken in the area, however more than half of the region speaks Alsatian, a combo of French and German. Besides being known for their crémants , the Germanic grape varieties Gewurztraminer and Riesling dominate in wine production.
I had the pleasure of going to a wine pairing dinner at Rouge Tomate with Jerome Keller, the winemaker of Lucien Albrecht Wines. The winery’s origins go back to 1698. They are now on their eighth generation and only getting better. The winery is a part of the Wolfberger cooperative located in Eguisheim, a medieval village in Alsace.
The winery is best known for sparkling Cremant d’ Alsace, especially their brut rosé . It’s a bit of a show stopper and can easily be paired with dishes.Throw the so called “wine rules” out of the window and try it with anything you want, it’s going to be a good pairing.
Keller walked us through several wines during a three course dinner. We kicked things off with the star of the evening, the Lucien Brut rosé . It’s a wine that I’ve had more than a few times. It never disappoints and pairs with many different foods. Made with Pinot Noir grapes, the salmon colored wine is their most popular.
I went with a chicken dish because I had a feeling it would easily pair with the rest of the wines. After the bubbles we moved to their Pinot Gris 2015 and Riesling 2016.
The Pinot Gris is an aromatic light white wine with fruity and mineral aromas. It was good with my main course. As for the Riesling 2016, dry yet refreshing. I’ve slowly but surely come around to liking Riesling wines. The ones that I enjoy the most happen to come from Alsace.
If you are looking for an interesting wine region to try wine it’s Alsace. It’s not like the other French wine regions. There’s a unique taste to the wines. Lucien Albrecht wines are available around the globe, so be on the lookout.
La Vie Pompette
It’s summer in the US and winter in other spots, either way a vodka cocktail can refresh you or warm you up. While these drinks were perfect for July 4th, you can work them into your drink rotation anytime. A rosé flavored vodka is always a nice idea, right?
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