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...

  • 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...

  • Gewürztraminer

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

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  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • François Baur

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

  • Domaine Klipfel

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

  • 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 ...

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Gina, I am going to second the recommendation that you open these up and try ... Riesling grape of German, Alsace and other European regions.  It is unclear how or why these alternate names came into usage.  I'm guessing, though, that they fell from usage as American wine drinkers became more knowledgeable about the wines that they were tryin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Need a little...

  • 24 oysters?  I make that to be 12 apiece.  Totally decadent. ... ... ... really liked the PB from Alsace.  I stuck with Robert Biale "Black Chicken" Zinfande Read More

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  • So Fox, you really didn't know about cremant de Bourgogne? How about cremant d'Alsace or vin mousseux from wherever?  Lots of sparkling bubbling up all over France. Champagne is only a drop in the bucket compared to overall production around the country. But they've been superb at branding, more branding and grabbing then directing eyeballs and ... Read More

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  • Gustave Lorentz Alsace Fleurelle 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Trimbach Riesling 2012


    Binny's 4/2015. My new "go to" white wine for the summer of 2015. Sometimes you need to ask the wine guy at the store for some help. He led me to this superb dry Riesling. Loads of fruity taste treats in this bottle. Got to have more of this as hotter weather approaches my deck. 2 more from Binny's on an 8/2015 trip. Still love it, helped me cel... Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... ... mostly from Germany and Alsace, can have any level of sugar.  Ask for guidance from one of the clerks in the wine store that you found.  Try to explain what level of sweetness or dryness you are seeking and let him/her make some recommendations.  Sorry to say that I su... Read More

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  • I was surprised how little money the Luxembourg wine went for but I am not ... ... a Chasselas but it was from Alsace. It was:-Anne de Laweis Alsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011I did write up a review on here. I thought it a little bland It is unlikely that Her Majesty's wine is counterfeit:-be a little embarasing to be serving it to visitin... Read More

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  • Richard You ask whether anybody actually drinks DRC.On the occasion of ... it ... ... it to be similar to an Alsace or German reisli Read More

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  • Following Mark's lead from last night and baked some cajun spiced ... Popped an inexpensive Alsace riesling to go with. The fish was good, the riesling not so good.  Very light nose of apricot and a touch of lemon/lime. The palate is more lemon pith, apricot, a touch of ginger and a slight bit of metallic tinge. The acidity is a bit restrained ... Read More

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  • Beblenheim Heimberger Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2012


    Fair Alsace Riesling. Very light nose of apricot and a touch of lemon/lime. The palate is more lemon pith, apricot, a touch of ginger and a slight bit of metallic tinge. The acidity is a bit restrained for an Alsace and the finish is medium short. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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