Pinot Blanc

Helfrich Cremant d’Alsace, France.

Grapes 100% Pinot Blanc Facts Bubbles from Alsace! Who knew!?!? Well, me…but that’s only because I’m a nerd for this stuff. Seriously though, Alsace barely gets a look-in on most restaurant wine lists and even less on retailers’ shelves. Shame really, since they tend to be some of my favorite white wines coming out of France. Petition your local Sommelier, I say!!! The Helfrich family, even though they’re “old school Alsace,” and farming from some…

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Getting to Know Alsace Grand Cru’s

Alsace Grand Cru is a selected site in the Alsace AOC region of North-Eastern France.For wines to qualify for Grand Cru status, the yield of the vineyards have to be much lower than regular Alsace vineyards with wines only coming from a single named plot of land, of which must then be listed on the label. Regulations also govern the density of vine plantings, distance between rows, height of vegetation and the final alcohol content…

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