Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace, Brut Rosé, $20.00

Yes, this is indeed a French sparkling wine. "Cremant" on the label means, it's not from Champagne but it was made the same way that champagne is (Brut means it is dry). This lively wine was made in Alsace, the region of France that shares a border with Germany. Through the centuries, control of Alsace has gone back and forth between those two countries, and one might argue that they were actually fighting for control of the vineyards there. 

Made with 100 percent Pinot Noir, this sparkler is crisp and clean, with peppered lime zest up front and a yeasty, toasty finish. Perfect with all measure of appetizers, it's a grand way to start any occasion, and aren't there some occasions coming up? My suggestion for those: Drink, Laugh, Burp, Repeat.