Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wine Review: Cremant D' Alsace Lucien Albrecht Brut Rose`

This sparkling wine or Cremant is a very light hue of pink. It looked so delicate in the glass, with small ongoing bubbles. The nose is filled with aromas of strawberries with a hint of orange zest and brioche. The palate was just bursting with flavors of juicy strawberries and a hint of raspberry, orange zest and brioche. This wine was a delight to sip, and the finish had a lingering strawberry and orange zest flavor. This wine has a hint of sweetness that enhanced the wine. I am not fond of wines with a lot of residual sugar, but this one had just the right amount!

I sipped it while watching the movie "Jumping the Broom." I realized I had the perfect sparkling wine and movie pairing because champagne was abound in this movie!

 I would pair this wine with fresh goat cheese, light appetizers, especially ones that contain prosciutto as an ingredient, chicken, especially chicken salad, salmon marinated in a sweet glaze and chocolate dipped strawberries. Note: This wine was a sample provided by Pasternak Wine Imports
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Here is one of favorite appetizer recipes that pair well with Brut Rose` wines.

Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps

Serves: 12-15 appetizer servings


1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (about 4 breasts)
1 (1 pound) package of sliced bacon
1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
¼ teaspoon of Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. Cut each bacon slice into thirds. Dredge chicken into mixture, then wrap each chicken cube with bacon and secure with a wooden tooth pick. Coat a rack and broiler with nonstick kitchen spray. Place chicken on rack in broiler pan. Bake 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Note: You can also use a baking pan lined with release foil paper if you don't own a rack. With this method you may need to let the chicken wraps drain on paper towels before putting them on your serving platter.
Life is good, so we should celebrate life! What a better way to celebrate life than with a bottle of sparkling wine, and a wonderful gourmet food pairing.

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