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

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...

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  • Bestheim

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

    The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to se...

  • Dopff & Irion

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

  • Albert Mann

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

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

    The Domaine Barmes Buecher and winemakers François and Genevieve Barmès are located at Wettolshei...

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Cave Vinicole de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg Pinot Gris Altenbourg Anne de K Old Vines 2012

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    Hard to compare this 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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  • I notice several folks are carrying a bottle or two! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Final pic from Alsace


  • That is such a great picture.  Good job, Mrs. vin0vin0. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Final pic from Alsace


  • "Beginning of the week, trying to come back to earth from all that great Alsace wine so opened this fairly tame offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia."Now that's a dash of cold water after the riesling luxury of recent days. How many bottles did you bring/ship back? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Just to let you all know, Stephen Curry went to Charlotte Christian High School ... to earth from all that great Alsace wine so opened this fairly tame offering of Vidal Blanc from Virginia. Actually not a bad early week starter. Fairly simple with a bit of grassiness, some decent lemon peel/citrus notes and a fair amount of acidit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Looks great ...definitely not a bad place to get stuck I gather. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Final pic from Alsace


  • This is the pic that broke my post. The CFO shot this of our group departing from our last tasting at Domaine Weinbach between Kientzheim and Kaysersberg.I had to edit it enough to get it under 4.5 Mb which looks like the magic number. Read More

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  • Glad to see the picture issue has been resolved. Here are a few more shots that I really liked. We were only able to check out a very small portion of the wine route which stretches North to South for about 100 km.View from our apartment.Colmar -   Self serve pizza -   Strasbourg  All in all, a great trip with fantastic friends in an awesome set... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • I agree with both assessments on the site as I'd love to see this wonderful pics. Read More

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  • The area (and especially a town like Riquewihr) really does have that medieval ... ... (Peugeot) industries. Alsace together with castles along both the Loire and the Rhine (as well as Mosel), provided lots of inspiration to the Disney folk. Read More

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