Discover Benelux | Editor’s Note
Discover Benelux Issue 27, March 2016 Published 03.2016 ISSN 2054-7218 Published by Scan Group Print Liquid Graphic Ltd Executive Editor Thomas Winther Creative Director Mads E. Peterson Editor Myriam Gwynned Dijck Copy-editor Isa Hemphrey Graphic Designer Lauren Glading Contributors Berthe van den Hurk Bettina Guirkinger Cathy van Klaveren Ella Put Isa Hemphrey Janine Sterenborg Josiah Fisk
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When visiting Luxembourg, it is near impossible to avoid drinking crémant, the sparkling wine produced in the Moselle region. On a recent trip, locals repeatedly asked if I had already tried a flute of the bubbly and bottles were popped as an aperitif ahead of both lunch and dinner. Even beer vans on the city markets offered to quench your thirst with a glass of sparkling. It is no wonder Luxembourg is so proud of its new national drink, and I was also quickly taken in by the pleasant and delicate taste of crémant. Upon departure, I noticed many fellow travellers taking a bottle home from the tax free shopping. Therefore I was all the more surprised to find out that the production of crémant started just 25 years ago. From 150,000 bottles in the first year (that apparently sold out within a month), Luxembourg’s wineries have now ramped up production to 1.6 million bottles a year. From the start in 1991, the Luxembourg pioneers of crémant were committed to producing it to the same high standard as French champagne. This approach has certainly borne many fruits, and the explosive growth in production attests to this. Despite the ten-fold increase, it is still unusual to find crémant on wine lists outside of the Grand Duchy. Luxembourg has a deeply rooted tradition of enjoying food and drink. This month, we are featuring several culinary businesses from Luxembourg (and the rest of the Benelux, from page 14) to reveal the gastronomic gems of the region. And be sure to order a glass of bubbly this year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Luxembourg’s delightful crémant.
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