This time it is to Celebrate What? Why Not This Moment? Some French Crémants

Often we pop open some Champagne to celebrate an occasion. You may say there is nothing to celebrate in these COVID times. So many deaths, suicides, episodes of mental illness and deprivation of personal liberty. Go ahead and take the negative track. However being a student and practitioner of mindfulness why not celebrate the moment as that is the only moment we are in. And the present moment sees the effects of vaccines as case counts decline. So why not celebrate our road back to the “new normal”?

We start with a Crémant de Bordeaux “Celene” made with Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes and made in the “Traditional Method” which is the same way Champagne is made.

Golden coloured and there are not a myriad of bubbles competing to escape to the top of the glass. A nose of Bosc pear, apple, pear, guava, pineapple and fresh baked croissant. On the palate sharp and crisp. Notes of ginger, lemon meringue pie, peach and a hint of tangerine. The finish is short.

A good Crémant to be enjoyed in the moment you are in. Why not toast the end of COVID and look forward to better moments?

(Celene Améthyste Brut, Crémant de Bordeaux, Blanc de Noirs AOP Crémant de Bordeaux, Celine, France, $17.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 19031, 12%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 90/100).

This time we try a Crémant from Alsace called Domaine Allimant-Laugner. Golden coloured with again a lack of a bubble attack. On the nose a great deal of peach and apricot. But there is also some honeysuckle and pineapple. On the palate sharp and crisp. Simple and clean with some pear and toasted almonds. Pour a glass of this and I am sure 98% of those of your friends will simply call it Champagne even if they see the word Crémant on the label which begs the question why bother with Champagne when you can purchase a Crémant. Quite often there is little quality difference. And when made the same way Champagne is made who really can tell the difference? Why not purchase a bottle of this and Champagne cover them both in a paper bag and do a taste test. Ask which one is better and you might get a surprise.

If you are still in a funk induced by COVID remember today’s moment is the only one in you are in and because so many yesterday moments were worrisome and possibly frightening this does not mean tomorrow’s and the next will be the same.

A mindfulness cheer to y’all.

(Crémant D’Alsace Domaine Allimant-Laugner, AC Crémant D’Alsace , Hubert Laugner, Orschwiller, France, $24.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 30593. 750 mL, 12.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 90/100)

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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