AG Pick: Helfrich Crémant d’Alsace

A birthday. An anniversary. A Wednesday. If you’re looking for a Champagne alternative to celebrate a special occasion or are just in the mood for a glass of bubbly, try a bottle of the Helfrich Crémant d’Alsace Brut. Made using the traditional method like Champagne but costing around $20, it’s a bottle you can enjoy any night of the week.

Helfrich Cremant d'AlsaceCrémant is sparkling wine from France that is made outside of the Champagne region. As indicated by the name, this sparkling wine comes from Alsace, located east of Champagne near the border with Germany. The grapes for the Helfrich Crémant d’Alsace come from a vineyard located at the foot of the Vosges Mountains.

Helfrich Cremant d'AlsaceCrémant may be made with a variety of different grapes, not just the ones used in Champagne (those would be Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier). The Helfrich Crémant d’Alsace is 100% Pinot Blanc, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir that thrives in the Alsace region.

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This dry sparkling wine is straw yellow in color and has subtle lemon aromas. The citrus notes expand on the palate, with flavors of fresh lemon, white grapefruit, white flowers and toast. With its small bubbles, the Crémant is delicate and fresh in the mouth and culminates in a crisp finish.

In addition to being enjoyed as an aperitif, the Helfrich Crémant d’Alsace can be paired with a variety of foods including seafood, shellfish, hot and cold soups, salads and fruit-based desserts.

$20, 12.1% alcohol by volume

White Wines | Red Wines | Under $20

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