Unlike the vast majority of French labels, Alsace wines come to you with a Varietal label, so you’ll know exactly what’s in the bottle. Almost every bottle will tell you exactly what grapes have been used to produce the wine it holds. Once you get the knack of reading Alsatian labels, and there are only a few rules to remember, you can make easy work of choosing the best wine for any occasion.
Once you've found your favorite varietal, you can be sure that it will be a pure expression of the grape unencumbered by oak. Alsace wines are perfect year round, with a richness that makes them a natural at the dinner table, yet so fresh they’re perfect for any occasion.
What to expect: AlsaceAlsatian wines are predominantly made from well known white grapes. Names like Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio), Riesling, and Gewurztraminer are familiar to all wine lovers. What may be a surprise is that the versions from Alsace are rich with deep flavors, and great structure, making them simply brilliant wines at the dinner table. These are wines ideally suited for hearty meals that call for elegant wines.
Washington State's Seven Hills Winery - Latest ReleasesSeven Hills Winery
A pioneering Washington State winery visits New York City. I recently had the chance to sit down with the proprietors of Washington State’s Seven Hills winery; Casey and Vicky McClellan. This small winery, one of the oldest wineries of the Walla Walla valley, is quietly producing a broad range of fine wines that runs the gamut from rich Pinot Gris, to elegant and refined Bordeaux blends. Find out more.
2008 Seven Hills Columbia Valley Riesling
The aromas here are nice and pure with notes of green apple skins and almost steely minerality. The off-dry tones of grapey fruit and almost figgy fruit are supported by fine acids, giving this excellent balance... Click here for more information on this wine.