Once divided between Champagne and Prosecco, the world of sparkling wine is more exciting in 2021 than it has ever been. Today, you can find excellent bubbly whites, rosés, and reds in the Loire Valley, Savoie, Alsace, and Emilia-Romagna, to name just a few regions. And the best sparklers from those places aren’t just noteworthy for their lower price of entry compared to Champagne. They truly shine on their own merits. Take Boxler’s gorgeous Crémant d’Alsace, for example. Made exclusively from the Pinot family—Noir, Blanc, and Auxerrois—this “extra brut” sparkling wine saw all the artisanal care of many top-notch Champagnes, from the organic farming to the extended lees aging to the hand-rotating of bottles. And Jean Boxler’s thorough dedication shows in the resulting wine: it is tremendously elegant, mineral, and delicious. In recent months, when in need of a festive sparkler, I have turned as often to this cuvée as I have to bottles from our three Champagne producers. It is that good. This is just one example, though. You will experience similar satisfaction and astonishment with each of the wines below, no matter if they’re from within or outside of that exalted region.
Lambert de Seyssel France | Savoie and Bugey | Seyssel
Made in traditional Champagne method with all of the complexity that would find in a quality Champagne, this wine is an exceptionally great value!
Few wines pair better with grilled foods than a savory, smoky expression of Syrah. Additionally, its characteristic spice and assertive flavor make it a great partner to many dishes in Indian, Pakistani, Persian, North African, and eastern Mediterranean cuisines, without forgetting its affinity to rustic French cooking.
Many of our best values, all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and even a couple of sparklers, made by real people and reefer-shipped so they arrive in your hands in nothing less than perfect condition.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
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