Alsace Wine

This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascinating combination of French and German influence. It has been fought over by the two countries for hundreds of years, becoming French after the Thirty Years’ War, German after the Franco-Prussian War, French again after WWI, German during WWII, and finally, French afterward. Its system of Grands Crus can be confusing, and this is in part because Alsace, having been under German rule for a time, did not catch up with the AC system until 1962.


Both German and French grapes can be found here. There is German Riesling and Gewurztraminer, as well as French Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Other varieties include Sylvaner, Chasselas, Auxerrois, and Pinot Noir. Alsace is best known for making rich, dry white wines, though a few reds from Pinot Noir are made as well. The wines are usually varietal wines labeled as such, though field blends exist as well. Alsatian cremants and dessert wines can be excellent as Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • François Baur

    Situated at the end of the valley of Munster, itself overlooking the town of Turckheim, the area ...

  • Bestheim

    With its 720 hectares of vines, Bestheim is the 4th wine producer in Alsace and the 3rd marketer ...

  • Lucien Albrecht

    The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht...

  • Leon Beyer

    The Beyer family have been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing reg...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

    Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss exists on that intriguing fault line between deeply traditional and the...

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  • Yeah, where did anyone get the idea the food was Indian? Gewurz is much ... and Pinot Gris.  Two Alsace Grand Crus can also blend them with Pinot Gris.  We're drinking something later this week that includes those and a few more.  Can't remember the name of it because my wife bought it.  Guess what we are having it with?  Spicy Asian foo Read More

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  • Domaine Ostertag Riesling Fronholz 2012

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    Wine review by Canaves


  • Paul Blanck Pinot Auxerrois Alsace Vieilles Vignes 2010

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    Really nice Auxerrois from Alsace. There's a touch of honeysuckle on the nose along with some floral notes. A creamy texture carries along honey comb, tangerine, medium acidity (could use a bit more) and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Going to start prepping for our June Alsace trip (prepare to be bored with my ramblings over the next couple of months). We opened this really nice Auxerrois from Paul Blanck tonight. There's a touch of honeysuckle on the nose along with some floral notes.  A creamy texture carries along honey comb, tangerine, medium acidity (could use a bit mor... Read More

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  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of ... ... I had a Pinot Blanc from Alsace last night (Schlumberger if you want to look for it) that was straightforward but really good (with broccoli and tofu curry) and it was $15.  So there's lots of that to like.It's definitely NOT because Meiomi owns no vineyards that the fo... Read More

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  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... ... feel kind of light on my Alsace experience (and my German Riesling, to be honest). So right now I buy to match the week's meals, but in the future I can be more opportunistic and buy whatever seems like a good deal.  And that future is coming soon. Read More

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  • Buehler is a pretty good deal.  Recently had a bunch of it for around $15 ... ... Abbes Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a Liveli Fiano from Puglia--a frequent rebuy for me--were the whites.  I needed a Syrah (really, I did!) for some lamb this week, so I bought a 2011 Tallulah Bald Mountain at the insane price of $18--over half off list.  I needed s... Read More

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  • Greg's comments are spot-on, but for the sake of argument I'll suggest ... been to all four locations (Alsace, too), and Greg and others here have more specifics to offer, as wel Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

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  • Thank you all for the help and comments! Obviously we love taking trips that ... is an early summer trip to Alsace. We've already secured a VRBO in Colmar so that part is already settled. As we get closer I'll start a separate thread soliciting advice, experiences or any other observations anyone would care to contribut Read More

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  • I love the wines from this region, my number 1 favorite!

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