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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • François Baur

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

  • Boxler & Fils, Domaine Albert

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Albert Mann

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

  • Bestheim

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Kalinda Riesling Niersteiner 2006


    Not my favorite. Strange after taste. Read More

    Wine review by nomadicprs

  • Pfaffenheim Muscat Alsace Aoc 2003


    An unbelievably powerful nose of grape jelly. It's such rich and aromatic on the nose that you're surprised when the wine is dry. Very nice - a dry, crisp wine with surprisingly robust acidity. Raisins and peppermint on the finish Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc 2005


    Very elegant aromas lead to a mineral wine. Its very oily which keeps the acidity in check, but is a very mineral wine throughout. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Pfaffenheim Muscat Alsace Aoc 2003


    The nose here was intense with freshly grated lime zest over cut grass. This smelled sweet but was dry on the palate with a little bit of that 03 heat showing but a very nice, powerful dry Muscat. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Pinot Blanc 2005


    Rich and round with fine acids and a white orchard fruit tone. Finish could use a it more length though it exhibited a touch of spice and soil on the finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Last night was an excellent event, thanks to everyone that was involved and ... ... Pinot Blanc Les Charmes, Alsace - 2006 Domaine Pierre Morey Aligoté, Burgundy - 2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Perrièr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Snooth North Square Open that... by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Pierre Spar Gewurztraminer 2005


    The nose on this wine is dry, has slight wood tints. The initial taste is slighty sharp, which resolves quickly. The follow through is smooth and medium bodied. Read More

    Wine review by coryhwhite357

  • Léon Beyer Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée des Comtes d'Eguisheim 2002


    fresh, elegantperfect with quail eggs and salmon tart... Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Prophet's Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006


    Prophets rock vinyard 2004 Rocky Point Pinot Noir.At first when I opened this wine it was jumping out of the bottle all I got though was leather and spice, upon tasting leather, spice and acid (so I left it to breath for a while) on second glance great berry character and spicey with some earth chucked in for good measure, quite complex nose.Tas... Read More

    Wine review by fibo86

  • Castle Rock Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir Red 2007


    The wine was average, their Pinot of the same vintage from Oregon is far superior. Read More

    Wine review by QuintessentialD

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