Week 52 in the Year of Drinking Adventurously. Cremant d’Alsace.
This weekend we say goodbye to 2016. Truly I say, good riddance. So much loss, so much upheaval, so much uncertainty. We enter 2017, carrying so much of that with us. And yet, the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one always brings with it hope for something better in the coming days, weeks, months. With hope we go forward, even it is all we have left in our arsenal.
On to the last week of this series: The Year of Drinking Adventurously. I am sorry to say my final adventure was, alas, a fail. Nevertheless, I will try to end on a high (and relevant) note. I was to visit the region of Alsace, France –that most desirable territory historically disputed over, first with the Kingdom of Prussia, then with the German Empire. Alsace produces some fine wines, among them, the ‘cremant’ varieties. Cremant is a generic term for sparkling wines not from the Champagne region –that term is exclusive, or at least it’s supposed to be. The robust carbonation of these sparkling wines is said to give them a certain creaminess. Cream, creme… get it?
I was unable to find cremant d’Alsace in my local liquor stores. By now, you are not surprised, I know. So my substitute for this week is a nice (real) champagne… Moët And Chandon Nectar Imperial.
“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”
― Bette Davis
And why is that? It’s a symbol of luxury and of celebration. Drinking champagne feels special.
Champagne may be served in a flute or a coupe. The champagne flute is a stem glass with a tall, narrow bowl, generally holding about 6 to 10 fluid ounces. The coupe, on the other hand is a shallow, broad-bowled, saucer shaped stemmed glass generally capable of containing 4 to 8 fluid ounces. Legend has it, the shape of this glass was modeled on the breast of Marie Antoinette. My art expert friend Cake tells me, there is a champagne glass modeled on the breast of Lee Miller, photographer and Man Ray collaborator.
Whichever way you choose to drink your champagne, sparkling wine or cremant d’Alsace or even a non-alcoholic sparkling cider, drink it with optimism. Hope was the only thing left in Pandora’s box. Do hang onto to it with one hand on the stem of your glass and the other reaching for the hand of another.
Thanks to Lula Harp for inviting me o.n this adventure!