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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Louis Sipp

    Louis SIPP began his family's involvement in wine growing at the end of the First World War. L...

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Domaine Bott Frères

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

    The history of the Château d'Orschwihr goes back to the beginning of the Xl th century. Pope Léon...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

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  • Wolfberger Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc 2009


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    Wine review by MagsDJ

  • Terrance - here are some others you might want to try.Milbrandt, Chateau St. ... ... are the better ones.From Alsace, where it's probably most famous, there's Hugel, Sparr, Trimbach and Zind Humbrecht, but most of those have become pretty pricey these days. Still, if you hunt, you can get them on sale sometimes at 19.99.If you want to go farth... Read More

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  • Domaine Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2008


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Trimbach Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Vendanges Tardives 2009


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2012


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Lucien Albrecht Pinot Noir Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé NV


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    Wine review by jillpickle

  • René Sparr White Blend Alsace Aoc One 2007


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    Wine review by Roberta1759

  • Mark, they fell from use as the CA wine industry (and then elsewhere in the ... ... grown and bottled in Alsace, to Read More

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  • Gina, I am going to second the recommendation that you open these up and try ... Riesling grape of German, Alsace and other European regions.  It is unclear how or why these alternate names came into usage.  I'm guessing, though, that they fell from usage as American wine drinkers became more knowledgeable about the wines that they were tryin Read More

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  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... ... ... really liked the PB from Alsace.  I stuck with Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Zinfande Read More

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

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