It’s been a long day and I am sipping a glass of Baron de Hoen Crémant d’Alsace Brut. It’s a perfect glass of bubbly to enjoy after a long work day or to kick off a relaxing weekend. Super refreshing and, once again, a great value from Alsace!
100% Pinot Blanc from Alsace. Vinified according to the “Methode Champenoise” and undergoing no malolactic fermentation. 12.5% alcohol with an SRP of $17.99.
Baron de Hoen Crémant d’Alsace Brut opens with rich aromas of green apples, flowers, citrus, and spice. The palate is slightly creamy with tastes of orange, lemon, and tart green apple skin. There are also notes of minerals and almonds along with a dry, vibrant finish.
Do you sip much wine from Alsace? If you don’t, you are really missing out on some fantastic values. The region, located in the northeastern corner of France, predominantly produces white wines that are balanced and acid-driven. Kuenzt-Bas, established in 1795, is located in the village of Husseren-les-Châteaux. The winery sits at one of the highest points in Alsace and the vineyards stretch out over an area of 24 acres. I just uncorked a bottle Kuentz-Bas 2011 Pinot Blanc and was impressed with the harmonious flavors of the wine!
A blend of 70% Pinot Blanc and 30% Auxerrois from Alsace. Biodynamic. 12.5% alcohol. Retails for around $17.
Kuentz-Bas 2011 Pinot Blanc opens with pleasing aromas of citrus and white flowers. The palate is dry and features lemon and spice with underlying minerality and balanced acidity. There is also a nice saline quality that makes the wine extremely easy to sip. Clean, crisp, and very food-friendly!
Brooks is a small winery in Amity, Oregon committed to organic and biodynamic farming practices. Last week, I uncorked a bottle of their 2011 Runaway Pinot Blanc and definitely knew it was a bottle I wanted to share with you guys!
This Pinot Blanc pours a pale, gold color in the glass. It opens with aromas of tart green apple, pear, and lime. It is crisp and tangy on the palate with tastes of citrus, peach, and a hint of nuttiness. The racing acidity and vibrant flavors are sure to awaken your taste buds! ($15, 11.3% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with shellfish, sushi, or brie cheese.
It’s definitely warming up all over California so it definitely seems like the right time to feature some wines that pair with lighter foods and sunshine. One great pick for your summer sipping is 2011 Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Blanc d’Alsace. Simple, clean flavors for around $15 a bottle!
This Pinot Blanc pours a regal gold in the glass. It opens with aromas of pineapple and pear. There are also some floral notes in the nose. The palate has tastes of tangy citrus, peach, and pear with healthy acidity. Uncomplicated and refreshing! (12.5% alcohol, $15)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with brie cheese, a summer salad topped with shrimp and scallops, or crab cakes.
The second Pinot Blanc in my Alsace tasting lineup was Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Les Amours 2009. I uncorked it over the weekend and paired it with an array of shellfish. It was a fantastic combination!
This Pinot Blanc pours a pale, golden straw color in the glass with delicate aromas cantaloupe, watermelon and pear. The palate offers bright flavors and crisp acidity. Honeysuckle, honeydew, citrus and watermelon are followed with toasted nuts and a dry finish. Definite enjoyment for your taste buds! ($16, 12% alcohol)
Food Pairing Suggestions – Great with crabs legs, sushi or as an aperitif