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 Noir

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

  • 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...

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  • Albert Boxler

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

  • Jean Geiler

    Founded in 1926, the winery offers you a wide range of top-quality Alsace wines, from varietal wi...

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

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

  • François Baur

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Trimbach

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Need a little...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Need a little...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about cremant d'Alsace or vin mousseux from wherever?  Lots of sparkling bubbling up all over France. Champagne is only a drop in the bucket compared to overall production around the country. But they've been superb at branding, more branding and grabbing then directing eyeballs and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What is Cremant de Bourgogne?


  • Gustave Lorentz Alsace Fleurelle 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Trimbach Riesling 2012

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    Binny's 4/2015. My new "go to" white wine for the summer of 2015. Sometimes you need to ask the wine guy at the store for some help. He led me to this superb dry Riesling. Loads of fruity taste treats in this bottle. Got to have more of this as hotter weather approaches my deck. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... ... mostly from Germany and Alsace, can have any level of sugar.  Ask for guidance from one of the clerks in the wine store that you found.  Try to explain what level of sweetness or dryness you are seeking and let him/her make some recommendations.  Sorry to say that I su... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I was surprised how little money the Luxembourg wine went for but I am not ... ... a Chasselas but it was from Alsace. It was:-Anne de Laweis Alsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011I did write up a review on here. I thought it a little bland It is unlikely that Her Majesty's wine is counterfeit:-be a little embarasing to be serving it to visitin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Richard You ask whether anybody actually drinks DRC.On the occasion of ... it ... ... it to be similar to an Alsace or German reisli Read More

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

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