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

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 Noir

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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Domaine Bott Frères

    Poperty located at the heart of the vineyards with the tradition of growing the finest grape vari...

  • Seppi Landmann

    Seppi Landmann’s winery is located 15km to the south of Colmar, in the village of Soultzmatt in t...

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

    The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions...

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

    The Domaine Barmes Buecher and winemakers François and Genevieve Barmès are located at Wettolshei...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Domaine Klipfel

    Le Domaine KLIPFEL a été créé en 1824 par Martin KLIPFEL. C’est aujourd’hui une entreprise famili...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Neighbor scored a bunch at an estate sale. 70's Bordeaux, CA, White Burg, Champers, a few Alsace, etc. Read More

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  • There are tons (literally) of Rieslings from Washington under 20 bucks.  ... ... for Riesling from Alsace.Have fu Read More

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  • Anne de Laweis Aslsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011

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  • Anne de Laweis Alsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ www.thesampler.com] for £10. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border. Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC rules dictate a t... Read More

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  • Hugel Alsace Pinot Blanc 'Les Armours' 2009

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    Slightly earthy and dusty on the nose with attractively nuanced heirloom apple and sweet apple pie aromas. This packs in a lot of power and great intensity on the palate with bright and vivid green apple and spiced fruit flavors that benefit from the slight edge of RS here. All apple skins and faint green herbs akin to spearmint on the backend, ... Read More

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  • Dunn's almost getting ready to drink. Curious how you find the Leoville ... was a case of Cremant d'Alsace, a case of vinho verde and a case of 2010 Guigal Cotes du Rhone. All socked into buckets of ice, though the CdR only briefly. And a couple cases each of Ebisu beer and Fire Rock Pale Ale and a cask of a local Brimmer ale from an excellent... Read More

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  • There I was bragging that I knew about Norton, and you go and show me up by ... you look for something from Alsace.  My experience (limited) is that their wines are bone dry.  Of course Germany produces truly great Riesling wines, but decoding their labels (and I am better than most) is nontrivial.  A German Riesling can be dry, semi-dry (whic... Read More

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  • EMark - You might want to check out some Malbec from Argentina for a ... I'm still in Alsace while le Tour is heading North past the far Western edge of Bordeaux Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Marcel 1999 Alsace Mambourg  |  2 in stock  |  $34.99 Deschamps, Marc 2000 Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs de Cri  |  2 in stock  |  $19.99 Do Ferreiro 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino  |  4 in stock  |  $19.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1937 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... 1998 Alsace Gewurztraminer Herrenweg  |  1 in stock  |  $39.99 Zind-Humbrecht 2000 Alsace Riesling Herrenweg  |  1 in stock  |  $39.99 Zind-Humbrecht 2000 Alsace Riesling Gueberschwihr  |  1 in stock  |  $34.99   Read More

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

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