The word of the day is Crémant. What is Crémant? It’s French Fizz – fake Champagne – France’s other bubbly – and it’s real good!
I quite like fake Champagne. We opened a Friexnet Cava last night because I remembered that it paired well with tuna melts – really my wife makes the best tuna melt ever! Also, Cava is delicious on its own. Crémant is the French version of Cava – or actually vice versa as any Frenchman would be quick to point out.
One of the reasons I love Cava (Champagne from Spain) is that it doesn’t start at $50 a bottle like “le vrai stuff”. Champagne is expensive, probably worth it if you can afford it, and fun to drink. But (“and it’s a big but” – Pee Wee Herman) you can get many sparkling wines that satisfy the palate in search of some luxury.
This weekend the Vintages section of the LCBO is releasing good fake Champagne from France. Crémant comes from the Loire, Alsace, Bordeaux, and Burgundy – all regions that produce great wine. Their versions of champagne allow the wine makers to highlight their own regional grapes using the traditional méthode champenoise. If you need my wife’s tuna melt recipe I might be able to get it to you.