From Alsace with Love… A wine chat with sommelière Alicia Barrett is a great way to get together with other wine buffs and share notes on an underappreciated but well-deserving French region!
To keep the chat cosy, and to make sure participants get to know each other and get all the attention they deserve, our chats are limited to 12 participants.
Here’s how it works:
- Chose one bottle of wine from the list proposed by Alicia, with crémant (sparkling) and white options (Please note: We’ll tell you how to best preserve your bottle if you want to make the pleasure last a few days!)
- Order At Binnys, via phone (or online), with curbside pickup or home delivery.
- Add a pairing option for a more savory experience… if you are up to it! We have suggestions.
- Register to receive the link, click on the link on the day at 6:00 pm… Et voilà!
Alicia will lead you through the region and your will share your own tasting notes with the group.
Within 75 years, the region of Alsace changed hands four times between France and Germany. Now separated with Germany by the River Rhine, and from the rest of France by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsatians have created a unique blend of French and German cultures. We hope you can join us to taste and discuss how this is reflected in the region’s wine and food.
There are 51 ‘Grand Crus’ in Alsace. These appellations must make single varietal wines from the four ‘noble’ varieties: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.
Crémant d’Alsace is a sparkling wine made in the Méthode Champenoise but costing a fraction of the price. No wonder Forbes magazine calls it "an underrated gem."
Food pairing suggestions:
Seafood pate with Riesling
Shrimp with Riesling
Munster cheese with Gewurztraminer
Comté or gruyere with Pinot Gris
Charcuterie with Crémant d'Alsace
Smoked salmon Crémant d'Alsace
Goat cheese and crackers with Pinot Blanc
After studying political science at the University of Maryland and spending two years in Washington, Alicia and her husband packed their bags to fulfill a dream of living in Europe. While working at an economic think tank in London, Alicia took a trip to Burgundy and returned so inspired that she began her wine education journey at WSET’s headquarters in London. There she obtained her WSET Level 3 and is now pursuing her WSET Level 4 Diploma in Chicago. In addition to teaching for the American Wine School, Alicia serves as the Wine Educator for Binny’s Beverage Depot, a Champagne Educator for the U.S. Champagne Bureau, and the Director of Education and Events for the American Wine Society-Chicago Chapter.