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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  • 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 Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

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...

  • Dirler-Cade

    The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, ne...

  • Trimbach

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

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Louis Sipp

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

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  • Pfaffenheim Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc 2010


    Pfaffenheim drand cru Read More

    Wine review by sergefourcand

  • Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011


    Light straw bright, lemon pulp, green apple, flowers; arrives bright and rich across the mouth with soft minerality. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • If you were a big commercial operation, I would advise against taking out the ... ... only finds in wines from Alsace, although it's grown elsewhere. It's confusing because the term Pinot Blanc actually includes Auxerrois, even though the two grapes aren't related, so Deiss, for example, sells a Pinot Blanc that's actually entirely Auxerrois. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon's Smallest

  • Louis Sipp Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc 2009


    very nice dry fruity wine Read More

    Wine review by mermal2xy

  • Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut Blanc de Blancs


    Medium bodied dry brut reserve with apple, pear and citrus profiles. A hint of residual sugar and a nice long finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by mermal2xy

  • Hey, OT, making corks doesn't kill or even harm the trees! (Shearing sheep ... a Pinot Blanc from Trimbach (Alsace) that was pretty tasty, but not memorable.  Been opening them with my cool new corkscrew from James and Anne.  Thank you notes to them and Michelle went out this morning--the real kind on stationary.  I have a hunch my money won't... Read More

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  • Domaine Ehrhart Pinot Gris Im Berg 2011


    not great, , boring, Lower Falls Wine, Newton,Malittle bitter and skunky Read More

    Wine review by elder2

  • Albrecht Riesling Reserve 2010


    A bit waxy on the nose with with floral and spice notes framing a modest core of dusty white fruit. Supple and round in the mouth, this is easy going with mineral flecked golden apple flavors that are supported by firm yet integrated acidity. Theres a touch of mintiness in the mouth and hints of red berry fruits as well all leading to a clean, d... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace 2009


    Spicy on the nose with notes of pollen, a little tarriness, pistachios, and faint notes of honey layered over grilled pineapple fruit. Supple. smooth and large scaled filling the mouth with mineral laced flavors of honied lime and orange slices. The acidity is very well integrated here yet this is nicely edgy in the mouth with a lightly toasty t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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