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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  • 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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  • Trimbach

    Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 ...

  • Dopff & Irion

    Clustered around Riquewihr, the 27 hectare vineyard worked by Dopff & Irion is extremely well sit...

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Bestheim

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2014

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    This Hunawihr Gewurztraminer is very tasty; an off-dry, apple-cinnamon flavoured quaff with a very noticeable scent of (wild) rosewater. Very easy drinking and one of the few wines I would recommend with most San Francisco-style Chinese, Thai and even Sushi (sans wasabi). Worth seeking out for the price 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Schlumberger Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' France 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • It may have been a case where you only get a few choices:  CheesePepperoniSausageOnions & PepperAll these are pre-made and refrigerated.  A robot grabs the one you select, nukes it and puts it in the slot for you to take.Or, maybe there's a man behind a curtain.  Ignore him. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • No 'onion tarts' in the restaurants? Read More

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  • EM, lots and lots of tarte flambee to be had.  Just about every Alsatian restaurant had it on the menu and we enjoyed quite a few variations during our trip. Read More

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  • Emark, I wanted to but we saw that dispensing machine when we were on a tour. We didn't see any others on our walks. I'm very curious to know if you can specify toppings, crust and cheese or if you just get what they have queued up.DM, the small towns were definitely a pleasure to stroll through. We passedthrough Riquewihr but didn't stop. We di... Read More

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  • Did you try the pizza? Read More

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  • Great! Pictures look vibrant, can definitely see the German influence. Read More

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  • Yeah, it's back! Thanks Mark A. for the fix, sorry I broke Snooth.DM, next after the rieslings it was pretty much a tie between the spicy, aromatic gewurtraminers and the dry but fruit forward pinot gris'. The sylvaner and pinot blanc were very good as well, just not nearly as complex. On the other hand we also had some really good muscat, every... Read More

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  • Hard to compare this Total Wine purchase to what we just experienced on our trip to Alsace last week but this isn't bad, more of a basic old vines Pinot Gris. Just a bit of residual sugar, ripe pear, lemon cream, medium acidity and a medium finish. Not overly complex with a somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Read More

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