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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  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Bestheim

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

  • Dopff & Irion

    Clustered around Riquewihr, the 27 hectare vineyard worked by Dopff & Irion is extremely well sit...

  • 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...

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... (2)2013 Trimbach Riesling Alsace (2)2014 Donhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe2014 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc California2014 Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand (2)2013 Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio (2)NV Caves Messias Santola "Crab Wine" Vino Verde2... Read More

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  • Riesling. Trimbach 2013

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    Great little number of a drier style Riesling. Wine Maker's notes are quite accurate: 'On the nose, fine mineral fragrance with ginger, caraway seed, underripe pineapple, and flowers. There are flavors of white peach, quince and lemon on the palate with a lingering, clean and dry finish.' I liked its dry rather than sweet profile. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Cremant d'Alsace Vieil Armand Demi-Sec NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Had some nice tomatoes and cukes from the garden, a bit of leftover sirloin and ... other couples that went to Alsace with us, planning on taking a couple bottles of Cremant de Alsace to the part Read More

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  • Domaine Bernhard & Reibel Pinot Blanc 2014

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    gold with greyish hints, floral nose, slight sweetness with minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2015

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    Another off-dry selection from the Kuhlmann-Platz label (bottled by a Hunawihr cooperative). The wine is quite juicy with anise, lychee and pear notes on the palate and a slight whiff of rose petal on the nose. Good compliment to oriental fare and would probably please on the patio. Seems flabbier than the 2014, but easy drinking and true to ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Pfaff Pinot Gris Tradition 2013

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    The Pfaff Pinot Gris is a worthy quaff - especially if you are eating shellfish or light meat entrees. It is off-dry, with an apricot nose and slightly confit-oriented apricot-peach flavour dominating the entry. Good summer sipper that won a gold medal in 2014. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Have to say that the majority of the PG we had in Alsace was really good, unfortunately, I haven't found any of those here in the States. Checking my tasting notes we have had some fairly decent Gris from Willamette and since we'll be there for the week of the 4th, we can do some more in depth analysis. I have also had a Balletto and an Arista f... Read More

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  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... ... rose made from pinot gris in Alsace, though I don't know why I haven't hunted one down before.Here's a bottle of oeil de perdrix:And here's a bottle of ramato where you can see the more burnished tinge, though there are definitely ramatos that are pinker than this... Read More

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  • Haven't read Mike's blogpiece yet, but am with you OT, and my response ... however, exist. Good ones in Alsace, and further north towards the Alps in Italy, so it seems to need cooler climes. The mass-produced plonk you see in too many places starting with the Veneto is truly yawnworth Read More

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

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