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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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Domaine Klipfel

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Albert Mann

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

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Leon Beyer

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

  • François Baur

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... on ... Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine to be a good foil to my dessert's ri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2014

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    Tropical fruits on the nose with high but not biting acid and a long delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Zinck Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose

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    Pleasantly herbal strawberry, cherry and cranberry aromas, clean and light. Creamy vanilla and strawberry notes with a fresh and lively cranberry note, zesty acidity and a toasty yeast note towards the finish with an earthy and herbal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2013

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... other drinksCremant d’Alsace (Domaine Pfister) x 3 to whet the appetite, as well as a few jars of craft beer while people were gatheringKeith Tulloch Hunter Semillon 2014 x 3 and Keith Tulloch Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz 2014 x 3 at start after the Alsatian and before th... Read More

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  • Domaine Rolly-Gassmann Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I guess ALSACE STYLE PINOT GRIGIO will be ideal!  Read More

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  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... ... Rieslings come from the Alsace, from New York state, and from Washington state.  Riesling is going to have more of a "apple" profile, than a red fruit, but the thing about it that I really think would work with your meal is that Riesling also has excellent acid--somet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Domaine Saint-Remy Cremant d'Alsace NV

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    Elegant, fruity aromas of glazed pear, fresh apple and vanilla cream on the nose. This exhibits a truly fresh palate of lively stone fruit, pierced with zesty acidity and a pile of spice - and wrapped in a creamy layer of vanilla bean, rolled oats and brioche. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Meyer-Fonne Brut Extra Cremant d'Alsace NV

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    Heady savory lemon, toasted hazelnut and fresh yeast aromas are very aromatic here. Theres a bit of cream on the palate which shifts towards lemon and grapefruit notes, more dark toast and smoky brioche, leading straight into a lighter note of peach and apple, finishing with vanilla, cream and some melon. Good complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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