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...

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  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Domaine Klipfel

    Le Domaine KLIPFEL a été créé en 1824 par Martin KLIPFEL. C’est aujourd’hui une entreprise famili...

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

  • Bestheim

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

  • Domaine Weinbach

    At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

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  • 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

  • Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by daveybridges

  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005


    Smoky and dark on the nose with leather, sweet blackberry jam, beef jerky and deep cola notes. In the mouth this is extracted and oak driven with earthy and creosote tones dominating the palate and candied chocolate notes on the finish. Where's the fruit? 82pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005


    Had a smokey, spicy and vanilla nose with a touch of paint. Not much fruit, and not a great finish. bitter and not in a good way. Read More

    Wine review by brooklynwino

  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir California Oregon and Washington 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by akelly22

  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005


    Strong and sweet aroma, a little bit floral, with medium tannins, cinnamon, candied apple, rusty metal, banana, and caramel Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard 2007


    Ok, take this for what it's worth. Tonight I had a wine tasting at my house. The theme was predominately red wines. The first three wines were Pinot Noir. I am new at wine taste reviews but I'll give it a shot.The three Pinot Noir wines were Mirassou, Castle Rock and Fat Bastard. While all three were enjoyed, Fat Bastard fared the best among the... Read More

    Wine review by Green Pea

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