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An easy primer to Alsace wines

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Restaurant meals are always a treat (especially when you win one!), but for those who choose to stay home on blustery winter nights, Alsace offers many delicious options. In fact, Juliette Pope, beverage director for Gramercy Tavern, calls the region “an undervalued and versatile treasure trove of wines that work with any course of any meal.” 

Nestled in the mountains of northeastern France, Alsace is known for its broad range of aromatic, unoaked white wines, which pair with a broad variety of foods.

As Paul Grieco, general manager & partner of New York’s Hearth and Terroir wine bars, says, “There is no better choice than Alsace if you want to pair an entire meal with wines from one region.” With so many wonderful options, how can we disagree?

•    Crémant d’Alsace:  The best selling high-quality sparkling wine in France just after Champagne. Learn more

•    Alsace Pinot Blanc:  This is Alsace’s “go-to” wine. It's perfect for any apéritif moment and often even better priced than Crémant d’Alsace (though of course without the bubbles). Learn more

•    Alsace Pinot Gris:  Pinot Gris is elegant and silky – as good as heavy satin pajamas in front of a roaring fire – definitely not to be confused with Pinot Grigio! Learn More

•    Alsace Gewurztraminer:  Gewurztraminer is a lovely “discovery” wine, it's new to many and often becomes an addiction! Recognizable by its signature notes of rose petals and lychee. Learn more

Sign up for a a chance to win a meal for two at participating McCormick & Schmick’s seafood restaurants nationwide and see for yourself how well Alsace wines pair with food. For further inspiration on pairing Alsace wines with a range of foods, please visit JustAddFood.com. Visitors can also sign up to receive the Alsace Wines newsletter, which includes wine news and recipes.

•    Crémant d’Alsace:  The best selling high-quality sparkling wine in France just after Champagne, Crémant d’Alsace is also a favorite of Eric Zillier, wine director of Gotham Bar & Grill, who calls it “one of the best sparkling wine values in the world.” Readily available at retail outlets nationwide for $14-24/bottle, the grapes are hand-harvested and -- just as with Champagne -- the secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle. Get your New Year off to the perfect start with this French toast, and don’t forget to wish each other good health: “Bonne santé!”

•    Alsace Pinot Blanc:  This is Alsace’s “go-to” wine, perfect for any apéritif moment and often even better priced than Crémant d’Alsace (though of course without the bubbles). Trader Joe’s has made Tarte Flambée famous in the U.S., and this is a classic Pinot Blanc pairing. Also consider all egg-based dishes, macaroni and cheese and even salads (visit JustAddFood.com for other pairing ideas). This versatile wine is one of those that lucky winners will enjoy.

•    Alsace Pinot Gris:  Pinot Gris is elegant and silky – as good as heavy satin pajamas in front of a roaring fire – definitely not to be confused with Pinot Grigio! At the table, Alsace Pinot Gris is an excellent match to enliven turkey, smooth out ham, or stand up to fresh game. It is also a wonderful partner to nearly all risottos and any mushroom-based dish.

•    Alsace Gewurztraminer:  Gewurztraminer is a lovely “discovery” wine, it's new to many and often becomes an addiction! Recognizable by its signature notes of rose petals and lychee, Gewurztraminer is also known for its spicy aspects, making it a great match for rich foods like terrines, foie gras and many cheeses. It is truly a signature grape of Alsace, and comes in styles ranging from dry to dessert.

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