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...

  • 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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  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • Leon Beyer

    The Beyer family have been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing reg...

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Albert Mann

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

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  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Sélection de Grains Nobles 'Fut 27' 1989


    Not at the level of the Ste-Hune or CFE VTS from this year, as it's a bit less fine (apparently a negociant wine), but a very good example of a Riesling SGN from the vintage, and a good value at this price ($125 at rare wine co) Read More

    Wine review by Sweetstuff

  • Albert Boxler Riesling Vielles Vignes 2005


    The old vines make an early appearance. The nose is equally developed, with a pronounced intensity of apricot, bay leaf and plums. On the palate it is off-dry, with a noticeable alcohol level and a fairly full body. The acidity is crisp, keeping the wine from becoming too heavy. Perfectly balanced. A pronounced intensity of spiced fruit (baked a... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc la Dame Wiebelsberg 2002


    Med golden color. Youthful to developing nose with a medium intensity of tropical fruit aromas. Dry, with crisp acidity and medium body and alcohol. Medium intensity of minerals, spice, almonds and apricot. Long length.Well balanced with a complex flavour structure. I would love to drink this with a meal of choucroute. Ready to drink but can age... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc le Château Kastelberg 2002


    Med golden color. Developing nose, medium to pronounced intensity aromas of minerals and grapefruit. Dry. Crisp acidity, medium to full body. Pronounced intensity of grapefruit, lots of spice and minerals. Medium alcohol. Long length.Very complex and well-balanced. A wine to sit with and contemplate. Ready to drink but will improve over the next... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2001


    Medium lemon with hints of green, tears. Petrol, minerals, peaches and apples on the nose. Stony and iodine notes. Bone dry, high acidity, med. + alcohol, med. + body. Apples and citrus on the palate. Very good. Lovely balance between levels of acidity and ripeness of fruit. Can age for up to 20 years. Read More

    Wine review by Alvina

  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005


    Aroma of blackberries and dark cherry complemented by spice. Early fruit taste, but dominated by a pleasing vanilla oak. Good acidity and tanins, full-bodied and well-balanced. Read More

    Wine review by cgibbons

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


    Found this sparkling to be a little too tart for my taste. Read More

    Wine review by genevievegrant

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


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    Wine review by jamison1479

  • Hugel & Fils Pinot Blanc Hugel Coffret Cadeau 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by katysloan

  • Listen to me bitch about having to drink delicious RRV pinot and Chard or Dry ... that I don't usually drink, Alsace, German whites, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rioja's, super tuscans etc.Again, I am looking for high quality in the 20 -50 dollar range, can this be done, I am sure the wines are out there I just don't know where to find them. Any advice... Read More

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