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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  • Louis Sipp

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Albert Mann

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

  • Jean Geiler

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

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  • Domaine Ostertag Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Barriques 2005


    Ready but will improve as of Dec 2008 Read More

    Wine review by 91817Robert Dallas Gray 91817 Robert Dallas Gray

  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Clos Ste. Hune 1998


    Beautifully perfumed on the nose with seared citrus fruits, flinty minerality and a cardamom like spice note. A touch loose at first but this quickly finds it's focus offering awesome minerality after the sweetish attack. A bit washed out on the mid-palate but really picks it up on the very long finish with it's notes of kaffir lime leaf, faded ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2001


    Big and bright on the nose with lime and pink grapefruit notes that are backed up by powdery stone and emerging petrol notes. Very ripe in the mouth yet unevolved. A touch ungainly and unusually rich so it lacks a little precision. The finish is long and acid driven with a fair amount of petrol belying it's age. 2008-2018 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hitching Post Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Highliner 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by winot

  • Mcmurray Ranch Pinot Noir 2006


    Delicious, Still the best pinot i've had for the price. If you can find a bottle of the reserve which normally goes from 28-32, it is well worth it! Read More

    Wine review by Fraggle600

  • Louis Sipp Riesling Alsace Aoc 2005


    good balance between buterness/nearly roasted side and freshness for this dry wine Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer 2001


    The first try: this wine is amazing!!!! i can't express how smooth, silky, with slight tropical notes and oozing with lychee and notes of roses on the nose! To die for!Second try: i recently had this after years of shelving it, and boy did it change; the lychee was still there but it recalled more eccentric notes of burning eraser, cauliflower, ... Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Paul Blanck Gewürztraminer 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Penner-Ash Oregon Pinot Noir 2005


    The first time i had this pinot i was knocked on my ass. The nose is dominated by roses while the body is soft and elegant and just mind numbingly amazing. A velvety, soft subtle berries on the mouth. Yum!! Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

  • Hugel et Fils White Blend Alsace Aoc Gentil 2006


    A little acidic for me, full bodied and big deep fruit on the nose Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872

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