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 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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  • Gustave Lorentz

    One can't be a winemaker without passion: the severity of the elements, the limitless work requir...

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

    The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to se...

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

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

  • Trimbach

    Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 ...

  • Dirler-Cade

    The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, ne...

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  • Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • It's salty and fatty, and with whiz one would expect. Something with a bit ... well here or something from Alsace. There real answer of course is Lambrusco, and drinking foaming pink wine out of plastic cups seems eminently appropriat Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pairing Suggestion for...


  • I am reading Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World: A Complete Wine Course. ... them! I had a Riesling from Alsace yesterday -- I loved i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Zind 2011

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    Brilliant clarity. Apple and vanilla nose with hints of tropical notes. Ample acidity - Almost effervescent. A little on the sweet side, but not nearly as much as I'd expect from the thick tears. Like the lemonade of Pinot Gris - both sweet and tart, round and lean. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Riesling Blanc Trimbach 2006

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    Wine review by smuratore


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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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

    Forum post in the topic Dry Riesling


  • Anne de Laweis Aslsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011

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    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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

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